Making the decision to sell your home and move to a new one can take some time. Once you make that call, however, you want the process to take as little time as possible. You have plans for the future you’re ready to start on, you may even have hard deadlines that make selling your home quickly a top priority. While not everything that plays a role in how fast your home will go from listing to closing is within your control, there are plenty of steps you can take to speed the process along.

Here are three things you can do that can help you sell your home faster:

Clean Up Your Act

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression with potential buyers. When they see your home for the first time, they will form hard-to-change opinions based largely on the appearance of your house. If they walk through rooms filled with piles of clutter, see dust wafting through the halls, and look at a space that seems smaller than it is because it is overstuffed with belongings, they will cross your home off their list and move on.

Take the time to do some deep cleaning and organizing. Get rid of extra and unnecessary furniture and other belongings or put them in storage to make your interior appear roomier. Don’t just shove things into the closet; buyers will look in there as well. Do some deep cleaning of the walls, floors, carpets, cabinets, and appliances, focusing on areas that haven’t received much attention for a long time. Don’t hesitate to call in professionals if you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself.

Hire An Experienced Agent

Speaking of bringing in a professional, hiring an experienced and committed real estate agent is one of the best ways to get you to closing ASAP. Your agent will have the knowledge, resources, and savvy to develop and implement an optimal listing and sales strategy designed around your priorities.

Your agent will know the market. They will know the listing price that strikes the right balance between attracting buyers and maximizing the amount that winds up in your pocket. They know how to present and show your home in the best possible light, with professional photography and staging, as well as compelling listing descriptions designed to get people interested.  They also have the tools to get the word out to the broadest audience of potential buyers and their agents.

Your agent will intuitively understand and be able to act on things that would take you significantly more time to figure out on your own. Quite simply, hiring a professional real estate agent will likely shave weeks, if not months, off of the sales cycle.

Take Care Of Quick Fixes

If you’ve lived in your home long enough, there are likely many quirks, flaws, and things that don’t work or look like they should. You may not mind them, you may not even notice them anymore, but buyers will.

With fresh eyes, look all around your home and make a list of quick fixes, touch-ups, and repairs you can take care of without spending a lot of time or money. These can be items such as:

  • Applying a fresh coat of paint or making touch-ups where needed.
  • Repairing loose floor or countertop tiles.
  • Fixing loose door handles.
  • Tightening leaky faucets.
  • Installing new hardware on kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  • Swapping out old or outdated light fixtures and appliances.

If more substantial repairs or renovations are needed, programs like Compass Concierge can help you fund the costs of such work quickly. This innovative and hassle-free program facilitates renovations, repairs, and other work that can help your home sell fast, while not requiring any up-front expense on your part.

Compass Concierge is just one of the ways that Z Chicago works with homeowners to sell their property quickly for the highest possible price. If you’re ready to move, Z Chicago is ready to help.  Contact us today to learn more.