When you’re selling your Kansas City home you likely want to sell it as quickly as possible. Time is money as they say. In this case it’s true and the longer the sale takes, the more money you end up spending. Utility bills, taxes, and insurance payments only stop once the sale is finalized.
Statistically, the longer your home is listed, the less likely you are to get your asking price. To get the highest return on your Kansas City house, sell it quickly! In our latest post, check out our…
5 proven tips to sell your home faster in Kansas City!
1. Get Rid of Your Stuff
Since you’re moving soon, this is the time to go ahead and get all of your stuff packed up and moved out. Box up everything that isn’t ESSENTIAL and put it in a moving truck, storage, or staged for the move in the garage. People viewing your home will consciously (or subconsciously) be turned off by clutter and items that appear too personal in a home. They will feel as if they are intruding on your space and will have a hard time picturing themself in the home (which is what you ultimately want.) As far as decor, keep it neutral. Consider hiring a professional stager to add the right touches to your house.
2. Great Photos
These days the majority of people are shopping for their next property online. You need to capture their attention. People scroll right past a house with bad or sub-par photos. The pictures you use in your ad should present the house in the best possible light. Consider renting a wide angle lens, or hiring a professional to help you get the right shots. Any fees you encounter are well worth it in the end.
Also consider that a potential buyer will be asked by all their friends and family. Having great pictures will prevent make the new owner feel proud of their purchase and prevent them from backing out during the process.
3. Curb Appeal
They say, whether they know it or not, buyers decide right away if they will make an offer on a home. What potential buyers see as they are pulling up to the house, will set the overall tone of the showing. Unlike many other home improvements, curb appeal can usually be done at a low cost.
- Clean up and weed the garden/lawn
- Plant some flowers
- New hardware such as mailbox, address numbers and door handles
- Fresh coat of paint on the door
- Take off the shutters and give them a fresh coat of paint
- Rent a power washer and wash the concrete, siding, and front deck
- New doormat
4. Price it Right
You want to set the correct price from the get-go. A great agent will be able to help advise you, however you should do a bit of homework on your own. What are other similar houses in the neighborhood selling for. Many people go for the highest imaginable price, hoping to snag a buyer. However, most of the time, this only leads to impending price cuts. Remember that the listing price is just the starting point and can be negotiated further. The main thing is to attract several offers.
And while you are finagling with price, your listing is dropping further and further down the line. Listings get the highest attention when they are new. This is partially due to the email notifications that go out to buyers when a new listing is created. In addition, repetitive price drops will make you look desperate or give the impression that there is something wrong with the house. By starting off with a well-researched price, you will be able to hit the market and be competitive with other listings in your area.
5. Highlight Your Neighborhood
The reason that you want to get the buyers to picture themselves in your home is that people aren’t just buying a shelter, they are buying a lifestyle. Showcase ALL of the things that make your neighborhood unique and inviting. Put together a packet to give to people viewing your house. Include information about recreational activities, restaurants and commute times. Let them know about parks, lakes, and anything you love about the area yourself. Is the neighborhood tightly knit? Block parties and holiday events? Make sure to highlight that as well! Most people are looking for a great home in a wonderful atmosphere. Highlighting the area can be just as important as highlighting the home itself!