If you’re familiar with the process of selling a home through traditional realty avenues, you know finding a qualified buyer and closing the sale can require a significant amount of time. While that’s not always the case, it typically takes at least a month — if not two or three — to sell on the open market, according to real estate sales data compiled by the US Census Bureau.
Fortunately, it’s possible to sell your Greensboro-area home much quicker than that if you don’t have the luxury of waiting several weeks to close the deal. How do you do it? Read on for several tips that’ll help you sell your house fast.
Price Your Home to Sell
If you want to sell your Greensboro house as quickly as possible, you must price it competitively. Pricing it too high will deter prospective buyers from even considering your property, especially if the list price isn’t in line with the price of other properties in your area. Pricing it too low could also deter prospects because an unusually low price may arouse suspicion that something is seriously wrong with your house.
How do you know where the sweet spot is when it comes to competitive pricing? Ideally, you’ll want to get your home professionally appraised to find out. And you’ll likely also need to hire a real estate agent with local market experience. A realtor will know where to price your home based on market conditions and comparable properties in your area that have recently sold.
But keep in mind that when you work with a realtor, you’ll pay for their expertise. In North Carolina, the average realtor commission hovers between 5%–6% of a home’s total sale price. If you end up selling your property for $230K, you’ll pay your agent somewhere between $12K–$14.4K for their help.
On top of that, you’ll also pay closing costs and other transaction fees, so when all is said and done, you’ll likely end up forking over nearly $20K off the top of your sale.
Upgrade Your Curb Appeal
When you’re selling a house, first impressions matter, so if the exterior of your home could use some TLC, now is the time to spruce things up. If you need to sell urgently, major upgrades probably aren’t feasible, but there are several minor (and inexpensive) things you can do to make both your home and yard look more appealing to prospective buyers.
If you want to boost your curb appeal in a matter of days, consider:
Swapping out dated or unsightly exterior light fixtures
- Applying new paint (if you don’t have time to do the entire exterior, repaint just the trim or even just your front door)
- Pressure washing dirty vinyl siding
- Swapping out old address numbers for more aesthetic replacements
- Pressure washing your driveway and/or walkway
- Replacing an old or unsightly mailbox with a more modern piece
- Adding some greenery or other foliage to your yard (trim your existing shrubs too)
- Replacing weathered wood chips
- Hanging planters beneath windows (and putting flowers in them)
Handle Minor Repairs
Chances are you don’t have the time (or even the desire) to undertake any major repairs your home might need, so focus on addressing quick repairs that might deter your prospects. Take a quick survey of your home and keep an eye out for any easy, inexpensive things that could use a fix, such as:
- Leaky faucets
- Stained carpet
- Flawed hardwood flooring (refinishing can make a huge difference in the way it looks)
- Squeaky door handles
- Cracked or loose tiles
- Damaged grout or caulking
Depending on how much you want to spend (and how much time you have), you may also want to consider replacing the hardware on cabinets or even upgrading old appliances. Spending just a few thousand dollars to spruce up the interior of your home could very well result in a faster sale and even a higher sale price, depending on what you choose to do.
Sell to a Cash Home Buyer
Last but certainly not least, you may want to consider selling your house to a cash home buyer, especially if you don’t want to invest in repairs or upgrades or have very little time to sell. Cash home buyers can purchase your property in as-is condition (meaning you don’t have to do anything to it or pass a prepurchase inspection) and can typically close deals in less than two weeks.
These types of buyers are real estate investors, so they don’t charge commission fees like realtors do and don’t require you to cover closing costs or any other fees. You’ll get a transparent, fair cash offer (which you’re under no obligation to accept), and if you like the offer, you can move forward with the sale at a time that works for you.
Sell Your House Fast With We Buy Houses Greensboro!
If you’re looking to sell your house as quickly as possible, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at We Buy Houses Greensboro! As cash home buyers, we specialize in purchasing properties quickly — without the hassle and expense associated with realtor-assisted sales. We’ll offer you a fair cash price for your as-is house, and if you choose to accept, we can close the deal and get you paid within a matter of days.
Want to learn more about how we work? Ready to get an offer for your Greensboro home? Then give us a call or contact us online to get started!