Tips For Selling Your House In Less Than A Month

If you need to sell your home quickly because your job is moving across the country, then you will be pleased to learn that there are many things you can do to get your home sold in less than a month's time. Thankfully, selling your home quickly doesn't need to be difficult as long as you follow each of these tips from past sellers who were in your same position:

Tip: Clean and Deodorize Your Home

Every family's home has its own scent that is caused by:

  • pets

  • cleaning products used

  • cooked foods

To eliminate any negative smells in your home, you should clean it well, use a spray deodorizer, and never cook offensive smelling foods before showings. For example, if you are having an open house on Sunday, you should not fry fish for dinner on Saturday night. If you do, then buyers will refer to your home as the "stinky fish" house and move on to others for purchase.

Tip: Have Your Home's Front Yard Professionally Landscaped

Since moving is such a big ordeal, the last thing that buyers want to do is move into your home and then spend every weekend cleaning up and landscaping the yard to make it look nice. You can give your home's yard a wonderful look by having a landscaping contractor come out and professionally update its look just prior to listing your house for sale. You do not need to completely tear out the existing landscaping and redo it; simply have the landscaper clean and cut back overgrown vegetation, plant some pretty flowers, and lay down some fresh mulch or gravel.

Tip: Price Your Home Just Below Market Value

One sure strategy to sell your home quickly is to price it just below its current market value. Just as with any other type of purchase, home buyers are always looking to get a good deal. Even a sales price that is just a few thousand dollars lower than comparable homes on the market will get your home seen by more people. And, since home selling is largely a numbers game, the more people that see your home, the quicker it should sell.

Finally, while you may be leery about listing your home for a lower price, you must realize that every month your home doesn't sell will cost you money in carrying costs. Additionally, sometimes, by listing a bit below market value, you will have multiple offers that result in a bidding war—resulting in an even higher sales price for your home.

Contact a real estate agent for additional advice.