Do you want or need to be out of your home, like, pronto? You’re not the first one to be in this position! In fact, we talk to a lot of homeowners who are trying to sell an inherited property quickly or got a job in another city and need to move within weeks.
So, what can you do to get rid of your home fast? If you sell it on the MLS you may not have time for the major repairs your real estate agent recommends. But you can still do a few things to help earn some quick offers. You can also go another route and avoid a traditional home sale. Let’s talk about how to sell your house fast in Sacramento.
1. Declutter and Document
It sounds obvious, but cleaning up your property could be the biggest favor you do for yourself if a fast sale is your priority. But it’s about more than Swiffering and keeping the dishes clean. You should also put away half of your photos, put some of your end tables in storage, and box up your collection of Star Wars collectibles. If a buyer can’t see themselves in your home — they won’t want it to be theirs.
Once your home is decluttered, take a ton of photos. A whopping 87% of home buyers say photos are helpful in a listing (especially Millennial buyers). Another half say virtual tours are helpful. Show off that clean house on the MLS listing! It will encourage people to attend an open house where they have the opportunity to fall in love with it.
2. Perfect the Yard
Curb appeal isn’t just a catchy buzz word. If someone sees your listing online, drives up, and sees a messed up yard — they may never even put the car in park. Mow the lawn, plant some flowers along the driveway, and powerwash the asphalt. If you can, update the house numbers near your front door and clean up your garage door.
You want the home to look well-maintained from the moment someone pulls up. Unkempt yards and dilapidated front porches signal to a potential buyer that you don’t take care of the place. What message does that send to them about the state of the plumbing or carpets? Curb appeal can — literally — pay off. Homes with great appeal could yield up to 12% higher asking prices than those without it.
3. Consider an Investment Buyer
Finally, you might want to consider forgoing an MLS sale and selling the property to a cash buyer. You probably won’t sell it for as much as you could on the open market, but you also don’t have to spend money fixing the yard or storing half of your stuff while the home sits on the market. You’ll also eliminate the monthly carrying costs of the property much sooner. If you’re not in a position to get your home ready for a listing, cash buyers are a great alternative. They also let you avoid the hold-ups associated with a financed buyer — escrow can drag on for up to 45 days.
Are you in the Sacramento area and struggling to sell your home fast? If you keep hearing that you need to fix the plumbing or that the carpet is too destroyed to attract a buyer, give us a call! We buy homes in all sorts of conditions with no contingencies. We may be able to get you cash within just a week or two!
Contact California Family Homebuyers today to learn more about selling your house to us. We buy properties as-is, so we won’t ask you to repair anything or hassle you about whether or not you could paint over your bright red kitchen before you move out. You can also call us at 916-496-3737!