What’s the secret of selling your home fast, and for top dollar? Keeping your house looking fantastic, of course! To achieve that, most successful home sellers have certain key habits in common, whether it’s clearing out their mail pile every day or doing a monthly deep clean.
So if you’ve resolved to sell your home this year, listen up: Here are the best habits you can adopt to proactively maintain your home all the way to a successful sale.
Daily: Tidy up
When your home is on the market, it’s best to always have it “show-ready,” which means in tiptop shape, since buyers love an impeccably clean house.
“I recommend my clients create a daily checklist of what to quickly tidy up before they leave for the day, so they can be prepared for last-minute showings,” says Jessica Creel, a real estate professional in Phoenix. The checklist will help you get into the habit of making sure beds are made, clutter is put away, countertops are wiped down, blinds are left open, and fliers are left on the table.
Daily: Respond to offers
Successful sellers are in the habit of responding to offers quickly. “It’s very important to strike when the iron is hot,” says Bruce Ailion, a real estate professional at Atlanta’s Re/Max Town and Country. “Buyers get antsy when their offer isn’t responded to and begin to doubt it, because so much of real estate is emotional.”
Prepare yourself by figuring out in advance what you will and won’t accept. This includes the lowest offer you will take and what contingencies you’ll allow.
Weekly: Build buzz
Make it your mission to broadcast to friends far and wide that your home is for sale. This means promoting your listing on social media—not just once, but every week—and through good, old-fashioned gabbing. After all, you never know which friend of a friend is looking for a new home.