What's The Secret to Sell My House Quickly?

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by Patricia Feager, 6/5/2017

 

F&Q - Part 2 of a 5 Part Series

 

What's the secret to sell my house quickly without spending a lot of money?

 

Mr & Mrs. Seller, great question! The secret is, there is no secret! You already have the formula to success and it's easy to do. If you're low on cash and you don't have a lot of money there's only one thing I recommend:

 

DEEP CLEAN

 

People come in all different types of sizes, shapes, and colors. Perceptions are different and everyone has their own tastes, budget, and ideas in mind. But if there's one thing that is universal, if a house isn't clean, really, really, REALLY clean, the probability of selling quickly is slimmer than you think. 

 

TOP DOWN APPROACH

 

Because people come in different heights, people are more than likely to look eye level and within the range that's up and down and all around most comfortable to them. Test yourself, stand on a ladder and see how your vision changes. Or get on your knees and discover what tiny people (especially children) see. LOL - I know, but you can't believe how many parents will ask their kids if they like the house, and if the child says they don't like it, the parents will think twice before making an offer. For this reason, cleaning begins at the top. It's a top down approach - or you can start at the bottom and work your way up. In any case, every inch inside and out needs to be cleaned.

 

CEILINGS, FANS, GUTTERS, FASCIA & OTHER PLACES

 

Starting at the top, work your way down and don't miss any wall, baseboard, light fixture, mirror, light switch, gutter, fascia board, chimney top, attic space, corner, crevice, window, window sills, window treatments, curtain rod, bookshelf, cabinet, sink, faucet, tubs, showers, drains, nick-knacks,  furniture, appliances, counter-tops, flower bed, yard, fence, garage space, doors, screens, door knob, door bell, door locks, tiles, bit of carpeting, flooring, walls, closets, pantry, ceiling fans, air filters, thresh-hold, mailbox, light bulbs (replace broken ones) driveway, entry way, back way, pet dishes, kitty litter boxes, etc. If you can't clean it, get rid of it! Deep clean it all!

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

 

Most people will only get once chance to make a great first impression. If you take my advice and deep clean, here is what you can expect to accomplish:

 

  1. Deep Clean
  2. Declutter
  3. Dabble
  4. Ditch
  5. Disinfect
  6. Design
  7. Dump
  8. Delight
  9. Dazzle
  10. Desire

WHAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH

  1. Clean & sparkle windows
  2. Brighten up the house
  3. Remove weeds
  4. Areas will be free of debris & clutter
  5. Neaten up the entire inside & outside
  6. Get rid of dull, dreary, deteriorated, damaged goods
  7. Remove trash and things you have outgrown
  8. Make your house inviting
  9. Show off your house in a clean & fresh way
  10. SELL YOUR HOUSE!!!

sold

 

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Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Beth Bromund - That's the only way I know how to get results on a tight budget too. It's good exercise too and helps in achieving the goal of getting the home sold! The way I look at it is, if every customer had to clean their own tables, prepare their own meals in the kitchen, and had to clean up after themselves in a Restaurant; then pay the bill, nobody would eat there! 

Jun 05, 2017 08:15 PM #18
Rainmaker
1,564,919
Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lou Ludwig - It's a good routine and habit to get into too! It's when people put off tasks for months or years when it becomes a major chore!

Jun 05, 2017 08:16 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sharon Tara - Thank you! Plus, a home is an investment! If seller wants what the market bears, they have to do their share to get it show room ready for the general public. A clean house is inviting. Dirty houses turns people off and scurries them off the property in a hurry.

Jun 05, 2017 08:18 PM #20
Rainer
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Karen Gray Plaisted
Design Solutions KGP~ Home Staging and Interior Decor - Warwick, NY
Staging Spaces, Renewing Places, NY

Cleaning is an understatement when selling, it just needs to be done! After the cleaning though step it up one notch and have the house staged! You hit on great points.

Jun 06, 2017 02:48 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I love the list of "D"s! Those are good tips about getting on a ladder to see what it might look like for a taller person, and looking under things. I'm in the process of repainting my office and realized I've missed quite a bit of dusting on top of my window. Ick.

Jun 06, 2017 04:29 AM #22
Rainer
375,793
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Puts everything in the right perspective!!!

  1. Clean & sparkle windows
  2. Brighten up the house
  3. Remove weeds
  4. Areas will be free of debris & clutter
  5. Neaten up the entire inside & outside
  6. Get rid of dull, dreary, deteriorated, damaged goods
  7. Remove trash and things you have outgrown
  8. Make your house inviting
  9. Show off your house in a clean & fresh way
Jun 06, 2017 05:12 AM #23
Rainmaker
207,187
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Thanks for a great post!  I often tellers buyers and overlook the need to update something, but it is hard to overlook dirty, grimy and clutter.  Who knows what a buyers' home looks like, but when house shopping everyone wants fresh and clean!

Jun 06, 2017 05:53 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Patricia Feager ,

Congratulations on the well deserved featured post! You are so right..a house that is spotless always attracts buyers. Smart sellers who follow these tips will earn top dollar for their home. 

Jun 06, 2017 06:23 AM #25
Rainmaker
2,182,656
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You know exactly what you will get with this professional woman

Jun 06, 2017 06:29 AM #26
Rainmaker
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DALIA KIBBY
Keller Williams Realty Partners SW - Cooper City, FL
Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!

So True! Most of the time, we simply have too much stuff...decluttering to just the really needed stuff makes a huge difference. Good Post!

Jun 06, 2017 07:00 AM #27
Rainmaker
282,484
John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Patricia, you have presented your professional tips on how to sell the house quickly.

If Sellers would take this action list and follow it, they will see the response they are looking for.

Thanks for sharing.

Jun 06, 2017 07:38 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

Love those First Impression "Ds". A home for sale can never be too clean. People always notice the dirt more when it is at someone else's house.

Jun 06, 2017 08:29 AM #29
Rainmaker
855,119
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!

Excellent Blog.  Wish you would allow us to reblog so that others can see it..

 

Jun 06, 2017 11:16 AM #30
Rainmaker
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James (Jim) Lawson, DBA
DomainRealty.com LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

Thanks for reminding us about the need to clean before we sell Patricia. Unfortunately, not too long ago I had to fire a client who refused to clean her very dirty home. Still hasn't sold.

Jun 06, 2017 03:23 PM #31
Rainmaker
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Deep cleaning is really an important first step before putting your home on the market! Congratulations on your feature. 

Jun 07, 2017 04:03 AM #32
Rainer
87,044
Theo Shaw
Baird & Warner Residential Real Estate - Evanston, IL
Serving Evanston, IL & Beyond

Great post!  People (buyers and agents) really do notice when homes are extra  clean.  And if they don't notice overtly, they do notice subconciously.  Listings  lose points when sellers ask visitors to remove their shoes, but don't have spotless floors.

I tell my sellers that every sparkle and shine is money in their pocket.

 

Jun 07, 2017 07:39 AM #33
Rainmaker
405,814
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

Your home is a product to be sold--similar to selling yourself in a job interview or choosing a new car.  POint out all the features and benefits, make it look it's absolute best and the buyer will get a good impression, even if it's not 'the one' for them

Jun 07, 2017 08:12 AM #34
Rainmaker
3,201,156
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Patrica

Congratulations on being awarded a feature for an outstanding post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 07, 2017 06:44 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

First impressions are huge and these are some great tips for making a good one. Congratulations on the feature!

Jun 09, 2017 06:00 AM #36
Rainer
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

The most important factor is the reality of the house and property. Is the desirability, condition of the property and house and selling price exciting enough so buyers take action emotionally and make immediate offers? Cosmetic repairs and fixes should help sell but it's the foundation and justifiable price that will close the sale. 

Jun 09, 2017 11:22 PM #37
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