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7 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

Selling your home is a daunting task. It requires a great deal of time, effort and organization to do it right. You don’t want to leave anything to chance. To get the best price, it’s vital to sell your home fast. The longer it stays on the market, the more difficult it will be to get the asking price. Follow these seven tips to help guarantee that you sell your home quickly for the best price.  

  1. Hire a Top-notch Agent

To sell your home fast for the best price, it’s important to hire a professional agent. Before choosing an agent, interview at least three who have experience selling homes in your area. Review each agent’s résumé carefully to determine his or her qualifications. Ask for referrals. With over 25 years of experience, One Miami Group (OMG Brokers) is the ideal partner to help you sell your home in Miami. We provide you with more 50 agents who specialize in different areas of Miami-Dade County.

Another useful tip to help you find a great agent is to make sure that he is a member of a professional organization. OMG Brokers’ agents are members of the National Association of Realtors following a strict code of ethics, ensuring that they will treat their clients honestly. Most agents will expect at least 3% commission on the sale. Don’t hire an agent simply because he or she is willing to work for a lower commission. This way, you can make sure that the agent will advertise your home properly on the market. It’s often true that you get what you pay for.

  1. Set a Realistic Price

Be wary of agents who promise to sell your home for an unrealistic price just to get the listing. Find out the actual value of your home by having it evaluated by a professional appraiser. In addition, the agent should provide you with an analysis of the selling prices for comparable homes in your area. You don’t want your home to linger on the market.  You want to sell your home quickly. If you price your home for more than its value, it may take longer to sell it, and you may have to reduce the price.

  1. Clean Your Home Thoroughly

Your home needs to be spotless before potential buyers visit. Get rid of all the clutter, wash down the walls, wash and wax the floors, steam clean the carpets, and power wash the exterior. Remove any debris from the lawn and yard and clean out the gutters.

  1. Consider Staging Your Home

Hiring a professional stager is a good idea, but it can be expensive. If you can’t afford to hire one, there are some things you can do to make your home more appealing.  If the rooms are small, rearrange the furniture to give the feeling of additional space. Remove personal items, such as books and family photos. You want the potential buyer to picture his or her family residing in the house. To provide a pleasing scent, add a few vases of fresh flowers.  As much as possible, make your home look like a showcase.

  1. Make Necessary Repairs

Fix everything that is broken from a leaky faucet to a damaged roof. Even small things that are broken, such as a chipped wall switch plate, could be a deal breaker. Make sure the windows are in good condition and replace them if necessary. All major systems need to be in good working order, including the plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems. Replace the water heater if necessary.

  1. Make Practical Improvements

Some things are inexpensive and can make your home a lot more attractive to potential buyers. For example, you can repaint the rooms with neutral colors. Put in a new mail box or replace the hardware on the front door. Be careful, however, about making major improvements. If your kitchen counter is in poor condition, replace it, but avoid remodeling the kitchen completely before considering the return on investment.

  1. Add Incentives

Merchants will often offer incentives to get people to buy a product, such as a discount. This same marketing principle can work for you as the seller. Everybody likes a good deal, even home buyers. If your property taxes aren’t exorbitant, offer to pay them for one month.  You could offer to transfer warranties on appliances or purchase extended warranties in the new owner’s name.

Do your homework, and before putting your home on the market, follow these seven tips. There’s no guarantee, but doing so will significantly increase the odds of selling your home quickly for the best price.