How To Decrease The Amount Of Time Your Home Is On The Market

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Once you make up your mind to sell your house, you want it to sell fast. You are probably looking to relocate to another city, downsize to a smaller apartment, or are moving to a larger home where all your kids can have their own bedrooms. Whatever your reasons for moving, you are ready to get on with the next phase of your life and do not want to expend any more energy worrying about this house and what you need to do to get it sold. Are there any steps you can take to speed up the selling process?

Ask Yourself Some Tough Questions

When you list your house, you expect it to sell quickly and for a good price. However, if the house has been listed for weeks now with no offers, you need to ask yourself some questions such as:

  • Is the house not selling because you have priced it too high?
  • Do the listing pictures make it look better or worse than it really looks?
  • Are you using the right tools to market it?
  • Have you taken the time to take out your personal touches and stage the home?
  • Does the house have good curb appeal? Is it inviting for potential buyers?

By answering these questions, you may realize there are some concrete actions you must take to sell the home.

Do a Walk-Through

Put yourself in the position of a potential buyer. Leave your personal feelings and emotional attachment to the property outside the door and look at it with fresh eyes. Is it appealing? Would you buy it again? If the answer is not a resounding yes it most likely means that potential buyers also find it lacking.

What is the most obvious reason potential buyers might not like it? Does it need a coat of paint? Does it look too full of stuff, making it look smaller than it really is? These are some easy fixes that you could tackle on your own.

Work with the Right Real Estate Broker

If you have tried to sell the property on your own and have not had any luck, working with a realtor may make a difference. They will help you present the property to potential buyers in the best possible light. They will also reconsider the price you are asking and price it according to what other comparables close by have sold for. Also, they have at their disposal much better marketing tools to get it sold faster. Still, you need to take into account how much it will cost you to sell through an agent. And, if you are really in a hurry to sell, how long the closing will take.

Sell your Home for Cash

Receiving a cash offer on your house from a company that specializes in buying homes for cash and without the need for a home inspection may be just the solution you are looking for. They will give you a firm offer with no surprise fees without you having to experience any of the delays, uncertainty, and stress associated with selling a home the traditional way. And those minor fixes or repairs? You can forget about them. They will buy your house โ€œas isโ€ and walk you through every step of the sale.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.