We sold our house in 3 days!
We recently moved across the country, and in order to do so we had to sell our house. It was on the market for 3 days before it was under contract.
And that is not by accident. It was part strategy and part timing (divine intervention).
How to Sell Your House in 3 Days:
Fixer Upper – Unless you’ve been in the house for a very short time, and when you moved in it was updated, you’ll need to fix it up at least a little.
In our case we had to renovate our kitchen and give it a nice face lift. We also had to paint every wall – we lived there for 5.5 years with 3 kids…you do the math.
Talk to a realtor in your area and have them give you some suggestions on what improvements you can make that will be worth your time and money. In general, you can’t go wrong with updating kitchens, bathrooms, floors, and painting.
There are two different categories improvements fall into
1. Improvements that will increase the value of the home.
2. Improvements that will help the home sell fast.
We did both with our kitchen making sure to channel our inner Chip and Joanna Gaines! And we improved the front of our house for enhanced curb appeal. Your house will be different of course, but don’t skip fixing up your house. Even if it’s just new paint on the walls and trim.
Declutter – If you’re a homesteader especially, you need to seriously look around your property and do a gut check. Homesteading by it’s nature tends to collect things….tools, machinery, vehicles, scrap metal and wood, fencing, chicken waterers…y’all know what I mean. Take a few trips to the dump. Make your property as sparkly clean as possible. Nobody wants to pay top dollar for a junk yard.
Get Professional Photographs and STAGE your home – Your realtor will likely pay for this, if they won’t they don’t understand the value of this step and you should probably find a new realtor. The pictures we had done from our home were stunning. The photographer used long shutter speeds and a special wide angle lens.
We also staged the home and cleaned it furiously before the pictures were taken. We started in the main living area and then moved to the back rooms, moving things to the living room as needed to keep all rooms looking as minimal, modern, and inviting as possible.
Use a Good Realtor – I can’t really say enough good things about our realtor. Selling a house is a daunting undertaking, and having a good realtor makes all the difference. He helped confirm our renovation and repair choices based on what was selling and what buyers were liking at the time. He knew how to market our unique home just right. He helped us understand all the jargon and he juggled the multiple offer situation in our favor and helped us navigate the entire process with almost no stress on our part. It’s worth it y’all. I’ll never do sell by owner, get a GOOD realtor.
Sell in the Summer – I realize you may not have control of this, we didn’t, this just was divine intervention in all honesty. But if you do have control of it, summer is a great time to sell. People are moving more frequently in the summer and so the houses go fast, driving up value and buyers willingness to pay.
In our case, the day we put our house on the market, it was the only 3/2 home in a 50 mile radius that wasn’t a mobile home. There had only been 2 others the week before and they were already under contract. Supply and demand baby.
And that’s it. If you can make your house look super fly and sell it in the summer…man oh man, you’ll get yourself a bidding war. Which we did 😉
Have you sold your home quickly? What would you add to this list? Share with us in the comments!