10 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster

in Wilmington, NC

Selling your home takes more than just putting a "for sale" sign in your yard and waiting for eager buyers to line up at your front door. If you want to ensure a successful sale, these 10 easy tips can help get you started on the right foot. And if you ever have any questions, just give me a call—I'd be happy to help!

Sell Your Home Faster

1. Make a great first impression.

Before you even think about listing, it's important to take an objective look at your home and see if anything needs a little sprucing up. If you're having a little trouble, your agent can provide some valuable suggestions. With their guidance, you can develop a strategy to get your home market-ready.

Remember—if you don't make a good first impression on buyers from the moment they first see your home, they may not even make it inside!

2. Focus on curb appeal.

Your exterior is likely the first thing that buyers will see, so you'll want to make sure it's looking spotless!

First, start by tackling any repairs or maintenance tasks, like fixing hanging shutters, doing some powerwashing, or adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door. Don't forget to clear away any debris and spruce up your landscaping a bit, too. Some low maintenance plants and a few decorations on your front porch can also do wonders for your curb appeal.

3. Do a deep clean.

No buyer is going to want to tour a dirty house, which means you'll want to do a deep clean right before you list. You should also try your best to keep your home looking spotless in case of a last minute showing!

Be sure to clear out any cobwebs, dust, dirt, or grime, and make the extra effort to clean every inch of your space. Now is the time to go all out, so you may want to hire a professional cleaning service, too. It may seem like a hassle, but cleaning is an investment that will make your home look its best and give the greatest return.

4. Clear out the clutter.

Let's face it—we all have a little bit of clutter around our homes. But that clutter can make our spaces look smaller, and it can also be a huge turn off for buyers. In order to maximize your home's potential, spend some time clearing out any items you don't need. You may have to donate, sell, or put some of your belongings in storage, but making these changes can completely transform your space...and make your home seem even bigger.

While you're decluttering, you should also consider depersonalizing your decor—that means taking down any family photos and putting away knickknacks. This is an easy way to help buyers picture themselves living in your home.

5. Add some special touches.

If you really want to take your listing to the next level, try appealing to buyers' senses during a showing. Playing some soft music in the background or adding some scented candles can set the mood for a fantastic home tour.

Some sellers even bake fresh cookies before buyers arrive—not only does it make your home smell good, but it can also leave a lasting impression on buyers (and curb their appetites!).

6. Focus on kitchens and bathrooms.

Kitchens and bathrooms are what truly sell homes, so it's worth putting in a little extra effort to get these spaces looking fantastic. Start by clearing your countertops and scrubbing them down, and consider re-caulking areas around your tubs, showers, and sinks. Don't forget to clean all of your appliances, toilets, and tubs, too!

Once these rooms are sparkling clean, it's time to add a few final touches. You may want to invest in some fluffy towels in your bathroom or accessorize your kitchen with some fresh fruit or flowers.

7. Maximize your storage space.

Even if your home doesn't have a lot of storage, you can still make the most out of what you already have. Remove any unnecessary items from your closets to make them seem bigger. You should also tidy up any items you have on the floor of your closet or pantry to create more space.

Don't forget to declutter your garage, basement, and attic, too—buyers will be looking at them!

8. Pay attention to details.

Sometimes, it's the little things that can help to sell homes. Taking care of any minor flaws, like leaky faucets, loose door knobs, and outdated hardware can freshen up your home in no time at all. And best of all, these small fixes probably won't cost you much money, either!

9. Let the light in.

Today's buyers want spaces filled with natural light, so it's time to throw back those curtains and open the blinds to let the sun in! If you have a room that doesn't get much light, consider adding some lamps, higher wattage bulbs, or mirrors to up the brightness. The more light a room has, the larger it appears!

10. Take care of pets.

We all love our furry friends, but you don't want them to potentially scare off buyers. Make sure you have a plan in place for your pet during showings, and try to keep them contained in a crate or in a separate room if you can't take them with you.

You should also try to keep your pet's toys, litter box, and bowls hidden out of sight when buyers are present.

Ready to List Your Home?

If you're thinking about putting your Wilmington home on the market, you can trust me to get you top dollar! Just give me a call to learn more about the services I offer my sellers—I'd be happy to help you navigate every step of the process.

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