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Preparing Your Home for a Quick Sale

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It’s usually a good idea to prepare for it to take several months to sell your home. However, sometimes, you may want to expedite the process because you’re moving far away, have a family emergency that demands your attention, or need to access capital.

You may also want to strive for a quick sale to ensure you get a fair price for your property. Houses that exceed the average number of days on the market before sale usually sell below the owner’s asking price. No matter what your reasons are for wanting to sell your house fast, there are some steps you can take to increase your chances of a quick sale.

Sell for Cash

If you need to sell immediately, you can Google “sell my house fast Solano County” to locate home buying companies in your area. These companies specialize in buying houses for cash. They will provide an offer price at no cost, and you won’t be required to complete repairs or maintenance before selling. You can sell your property in a week without incurring realtor fees.

Handling the Sale


You may decide to handle listing and selling your property yourself for several reasons. You won’t have to pay realtor fees, and, unlike real estate agents, you’ll be able to devote all of your time to featuring your property.

You can convey a professional, confident image with an appropriate wardrobe. Wear your bootcut jeans with heels, boots, or flats. You’ll be able to look sharp and feel comfortable when you hold an open house or are giving buyers a tour of your property. You can also complement your bootcut jeans with a range of tops, including dress shirts and jackets, blouses, sweaters, and light tops. You can complete your look with a matching belt and handbag.

Outdoor Upgrades

If you own a home in a state with a warm climate, comparable houses for sale in your area might have a pool. If you don’t have a pool, Google “How much does it cost to build a pool in Tampa?” to locate pool installation experts in your area. You’ll find information about how much it costs and how long it takes to transform your yard. If you already own a pool, you may want to add additional outdoor features, such as a fire pit or an outdoor kitchen.

It’s also smart to invest some time and money into landscaping. Potential buyers might not even want to tour your property if it’s overgrown. Have tree branches trimmed and ensure branches aren’t scraping against your house or other structures. Dead or diseased trees should be removed. Plant flowers at the front of your home to add a touch of color to the yard, and make sure the walkway to your front door is level. Painting your front door a bright color can also help make your house look inviting and entice buyers to book a tour of the property.

Inspect your roof and your siding. If your roof is in bad shape, you may need to install a new roof. Roofing experts can also fix damaged tiles and replace missing tiles. Your roof protects your entire home from water damage. If your roof is damaged, it could lead to structural damage in your home that costs thousands of dollars to fix. You should also have your gutters cleaned and ensure downspouts are pointing away from your home. Your gutters prevent water from pooling on your roof, which can also cause water damage.

Clean your home’s siding to prevent mold growth and discoloration. If your siding is old, you may want to have it repainted or replaced.

Interior Upgrades


You can also opt to invest in smart upgrades to appeal to buyers. Two of the smartest rooms to update are your kitchen and bathroom because many buyers base their decision to buy on those rooms. Reface kitchen cabinets and replace the backsplash, countertops, and flooring. Adding a new sink and fixtures will also impress buyers and ensure your current sink isn’t leaking.

Check to see if your kitchen appliances work. If they’re mismatched or in disrepair, you may want to upcycle old appliances and replace them with newer, matching appliances to create a cohesive look in your kitchen.

Replace or reglaze your bathtub and install a new tub surround. Buyers could be deterred by a grungy bathtub that’s been in use for years but will be impressed by a new bathtub. You can also improve the look of your bathroom by installing a new vanity. Check to ensure the toilet and sink aren’t leaking and repair leaks. If necessary, install a new toilet and sink.

Painting is one of the most economical and beneficial upgrades you can complete before you list your home. Unusual paint colors can deter buyers. Fresh, neutral paint colors will ensure rooms look crisp and clean. You’ll also address minor nicks and discolorations on your walls at the same time.

Essential Maintenance


Have a certified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technician inspect your HVAC unit and complete essential maintenance. This will ensure your HVAC unit is working effectively. Routine HVAC maintenance extends the life of your HVAC unit, and a potential buyer may be impressed if you can demonstrate you’ve had regular maintenance performed on the system.

Inspect your plumbing and have a plumber repair any leaks you find. If a leaky pipe has damaged a cabinet, wall, or floor, you may need to replace or repair those items. Since water damage can lead to mold, rot, and expensive repairs, addressing water damage before you list your property can prevent deterrents that could prevent you from selling your home. Repair or replace leaky faucets. Buyers may also be deterred by leaky faucets that can contribute to high water bills.

Crucial Touches


Homes with good lighting appeal to buyers because the house appears bright and airy. Dark corners will make the house seem like it lacks lighting. You can combat this by installing enough lighting to ensure the entire house is well lit. Invest in LED bulbs to appeal to buyers concerned about energy efficiency.

You can also impress potential buyers by decluttering your home. Even large rooms appear small if they’re overcrowded. Removing some of your belongings will open up the rooms and make them appear spacious.

Although you can opt to sell your house for cash, you may also want to sell your house yourself or list it with a realtor. Focus on the exterior and interior upgrades and perform crucial maintenance to ensure your house is ready for the market and increase your chances of making a quick sale.