Can I Sell My Home Effectively in a Time Crunch?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Phoenix


When it happens it is never quite what you expected, but sometimes the most important elements in your life change rapidly, and you find yourself having to move in a time crunch. As it first occurs, you may feel yourself at the brunt end of a very unforgiving and demanding market and you may doubt if you, in fact, can accomplish the task at hand.


If you aren't careful, you're going to experience a lot of stress, and unwanted headaches that come along with “the vultures” swooping in when they know you need to complete a transaction in a hurry. It is now going to become important to possess “tunnel vision” and understand that there are going to be a few instances in the very near future where individuals will push you because they know you are experiencing a change.


You can absolutely make this work for you and come out ahead! When the need to sell in a time crunch arises, there are a few key things that have changed in the recent climate that are working against you. There are also some excellent things to realize that will work FOR you, but it is imperative that you know where the true squeeze on your sanity will come from.


If you have accepted another job, they are dictating your salary and livelihood, as well as where you will next reside. Although some employers as of late have come around a bit and are thinking about what works best for YOU, you are in still many ways on your own. They will give you a start date in another city, may help you with apartment-style housing in the beginning, but the sale of your current property where you live now is your responsibility.


Beginning right off the bat with a very strong understanding of the market you are going into and where your house lies within those boundaries is all-important. You have to know where your house realistically falls on the pricing point scale, and mentally focus on the number. Once you know what the home is worth and take into consideration any outstanding features that could boost its price point, you can forge onward with a plan.


Appearance is everything when it comes to selling your home. Making sure the interior is ready to close the deal is all-important, and you can bring in experts to assure that there are no issues with the structure or other hidden problems that need to be tackled. If you can go the extra distance and assure that everything is spic and span while also in working order, you present a much more appealing home for all potential buyers.


When the house hits the market and you know that the clock is ticking a bit faster than usual, keeping decorations and furnishings neutral will be a benefit. Maximizing the eye-catching appeal of a good floor plan is all about showing their good traits, and keeping things very spacious. Even if it is not how you personally ended up using the home, use every room for its intended purpose during the all-important showing.


One tactic that is gravely overlooked these days is TALKING to the buyer's agents out there in the community. So many are just texting and emailing that suddenly meanings of what they are trying to say become misinterpreted. If you aren't letting agents know with a calm tone of voice what is happening, all your efforts may go out the window if they feel short texts are for any reason seeming flippant and crass.


Don't ask for anything that you absolutely don't need. Both buyers and sellers appreciate clean offers, and you'll likely be competing with a few. Asking yourself “How do I sell my home working smart” is what will benefit you the most.


We loved some advice we recently saw on the Techcrunch blog: “People are three-year-olds. They like to get presents”. Over-delivering is a present and ultimately makes you feel good. In this day and age, giving will absolutely lead you to receive. If you are on a time crunch and you have covered your bases, you won't have to allow yourself to be beaten up to experience the next step in life if all of your affairs regarding the sale are in order.


No one likes to be told that they are now under an extreme deadline, especially when it comes to a task such as selling a house. With a game plan in place, reasonable expectations for profit, and a lingering “eye on the prize” for your next destination, it's amazing how the “winds of good deeds and timing” can pass through your sails and soon provide you peace and brand new settlement!


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