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After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.

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Selling In A Hurry: Tips To Help Your House Sell Faster

by Nathan Olson

Sometimes, a change of life plans comes at a moment's notice, and it is all you can do to get ready for a big move. A portion of the stress comes from the need to sell your home quickly so you have the freedom to find housing elsewhere. If you are hoping to help your house move quickly after listing, here are some tips to help.

1. Price it right.

Don't price your house high hoping that you might maybe get a bigger profit. Instead, consult with a real estate agent about what is a fair price for the area. If you price your house too high, you scare away buyers who are shopping in your price range, and the house ends up sitting on the market too long. As it sits, fewer and fewer people consider the house because they are looking at newer, less expensive listings. 

2. Spruce up the curb appeal.

You won't have time to do major renovations inside or outside your home, but you should dedicate some time to sprucing up the exterior. When you post a photo of your home, you want it to look inviting. Wash the siding, plant some flowers in the planters, paint the deck if the paint is peeling, and trim the grass and weeds. Patch up any areas where siding might be damaged. Move trash cans out of sight, and trim back overgrown bushes. 

3. Cover up the bold colors.

You might love that red feature wall in your family room, but buyers may not. Paint over bold colors with warm neutrals to make a space look more inviting and adaptable to different tastes. An off-white or light grey may seem boring to you, but it helps to showcase the home more clearly without distractions.

4. Make it easy on buyers.

Be willing to have showings at times of the day when people could come look. Early mornings, evenings, weekends, and other "off-peak" hours are usually when people have time to come looking. Hold open houses when people may have a day off to maximize home exposure.

5. Clear out the clutter.

Since you have to move out in a hurry, take the time to pack away books, nicknacks, and extra furniture. A cluttered home looks messy and small, and buyers can often feel overwhelmed at the sheer amount of stuff in someone's home. Start packing right away and store the boxes in the garage or storage unit to help the home look more open. 

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