If you live in the Twin Cities, you know how hot the housing market is right now. Homes get listed and within hours there can be multiple offers. The days of having to remodel you home so you can sell it are behind us, for the moment anyway, but there are still some great tips for selling your home quickly. Even with a red hot housing market, you don’t want to leave money on the table. These tips for selling your home quickly will ensure that you sell your home fast and for the best possible price.

  1. Hire a Realtor – Hiring a Realtor is the single best thing you can do to sell your home quickly and for the best price. A Realtor will look out for you, make sure you get the best price for your home and make sure everything goes as planned.
  2. De-Clutter – You’re going to be packing up anyway, so now is a great time to pack up your belongings (after culling through them and donating or discarding what you no longer need) and store them until it’s time to move. A de-cluttered home lets the any potential home buyer imagine their things in your space. Clutter prevents that process from happening and can make your home sit on the market for longer than it should.
  3. Clean Closets – Clean closets sell homes. Everyone wants more closet space. If your closets are packed to the rafters with clothing, boxes and stuff you’ll want to pack some of it up so the closet looks nearly empty. Keep only what you will need to use in your closets and store the rest.
  4. Remove Family Photos – Homebuyers want to imagine their family photos on the wall so remove as many framed family photos as possible.
  5. Paint – Once you’ve removed all of the photos you’re going to need to fill in the nail holes, which means you’re probably going to need to paint. That’s great because a freshly painted home is clean and fresh.
  6. Shampoo the Carpets – Hire a professional to shampoo the carpets and clean the floors. This is absolutely necessary if you have pets or children. Don’t skimp on this, your carpet retains odors that you don’t even notice anymore, but a potential home buyer will.
  7. Stage your Home – Hire a professional stager to come in and do their magic. Many times they will use your furniture, but they may bring in pieces too (and have you remove some of your own). Don’t be offended, they’re trying to achieve a neutral look so a buyer can project their belongings in your home.
  8. Light it Up – Be sure to turn on the lights when showing the house. Install the brightest bulbs possible in darker areas like stairways, entryways, the basement, mud room etc.
  9. Clean the Windows – You’ll want to have as much natural light as possible, so be sure to clean the windows and launder and drapes and dust any blinds.
  10. Make Minor Repairs – You don’t need to remodel your home but you will want to make any minor repairs that you’ve been putting off. Fix the leaky toilet and the door that always sticks. You want your home to be as maintenance free as possible for any potential home buyers.