How to List Your Home for a Faster Sale

You’ve finally decided to list your home for sale. Congratulations. Now comes the part where you make some financial decisions and roll up your sleeves to make your home appeal to buyers.

Below are some experts’ tips that have proved sales-worthy year after year. Give them a try and see if they help you achieve your goals a bit sooner than expected.

Price it right, then go lower

This takes some courage, but according to HGTV, the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market is: Find out what your home is worth, then shave a small percentage off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids–even in the worst markets–and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth.

List during peak season

Sellers benefit from demand. Prime home-buying season begins in April and reaches its peak in June, according to a analysis of home sales. Sellers who list their home during the prime spring and summer months benefit from a larger population of buyers and potential bidding wars, which often result in higher selling prices and faster closings.

Empty out half in your closets

Every buyer is looking for storage, and can never get enough of it. Take half the stuff out of your closets, and then neatly organize what’s left. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Don’t over-upgrade

Quick fixes before selling always pay off, but huge makeovers jut might not. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a big improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar: Put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets, and clean the grout.

Brighten it up

After location, good light is the one thing every buyer says they want in a home. Take down drapes, clean windows, change lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs, and trim landscaping to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery–it will make it more sellable.

Take the home out of your house

The more personal belongings in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living in it. Get rid of a third of your stuff or put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections, and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home. 

Information provided by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. To read the full blog visit