When you decide to sell a house in Colorado Springs, odds are you’ll want the process to take as little time as possible. The longer it takes to sell, the more it ends up costing you in the long run. Utility bills, taxes, and insurance payments only stop once the sale is finalized.
Unfortunately, statistics show that the longer your home is listed, the less likely you are to get your asking price. To get the highest return on your Colorado Springs house, sell it quickly!
5 proven tips to sell your home faster in Colorado Springs!
Get Rid of All Your Stuff
You’re moving into a new home anyway, so pack it all up now. Before you list, advertise, or have a single showing, box up and store EVERYTHING that isn’t vital.People viewing your home will consciously (or subconsciously) be turned off by clutter and items that appear too personal in a home. Don’t have them feel as if they are intruding on your space. You want them to be able to picture themselves living in the house. (Which is what you ultimately want too.) Keep your décor neutral and possibly even consider hiring a professional stager to add the right touches to your house.
Take Great Photos
Nowadays, most people looking to buy a home begin the process online. That means you have to capture their attention quickly. People scroll right past a house with bad or sub-par photos. The pictures you use in your ad should present the house in the best possible light. Consider renting a wide angle lens, or hiring a professional to help you get the right shots.
First impressions can make or break a sale. Buyers frequently decide right away if they want to make an offer on a home, based on what they see as they are pulling up to the house. Unlike many other home improvements, curb appeal can usually be done at a low cost.
- Clean up and weed the garden/lawn
- Plant some flowers or shrubs
- New hardware such as mailbox, address numbers and door handles
- Fresh coat of paint on the door
- New doormat
Price it Right
You need to price your home correctly from Day 1. A great agent will be able to help advise you, however you should also do a bit of homework on your own. What are other houses in the neighborhood actually selling for? Run some comps, and don’t price too high. Many people go for the highest imaginable price, hoping to snag a buyer. Most of the time, this just results price cuts. And while you are finagling with price, your listing is dropping further and further down the line. In addition, repetitive price drops will make you look desperate or give the impression that there is something wrong with the house. By starting off with a well-researched price, you will be able to hit the market and be competitive with other listings in your area.
Highlight Your Neighborhood
When a person buys a home, they are also into the location and lifestyle. Showcase ALL of the things that make your neighborhood unique and inviting, and a great place to live. Put together a packet to give to people viewing your house, which should include information about recreational activities, restaurants and commute times. Make sure they are aware of the parks, lakes, and whatever else you love about the area yourself. Is the neighborhood tightly knit? Block parties and holiday events? Make sure to highlight that as well! Most people are looking for a great home in a wonderful atmosphere. Highlighting the area can be just as important as highlighting the home itself!