We all know how frustrating it can be if you’ve settled on selling your home, you’ve mentally moved to your new area, and then…no bids come in for the home you’re trying to sell. Most people, at this stage, get frustrated and accept that they’ll have to bide their time, but it doesn’t have to be this.
There are things you can do; they’re just a little outside of the box of what you might have thought before. Here are five ways to get your home sold as soon as possible.
Word of Mouth
You might have a sign outside your home, but how many people go past your home, never mind pay attention to what’s outside? The sign can be your starting point. For everything else, it’s all about you. Speak to the people you might on the street, let people know that your home is for sale. If you want, print out leaflets and hand them around town. The more people who know about your home, the more chance there is of it being sold.
More people than ever before are looking online to find their future homes, but it’s not just on real estate websites. They’re also looking on the websites where they spend most of their time: the social media sites. You should be posting information about the home you’re selling on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like, using hashtags in the post so that other people can find them – even if they’re not currently connected to you. It’s a good opportunity to also build some buzz about your home and in a simple and easy to do way, too.
Go to Auction
The idea of selling your home via auction might fill you with dread, and that’s understandable. Will you have to sell your home for a bargain price? The answer is no. Auctions have reserves, so you won’t have to sell if the reserve isn’t met. In any case, you won’t just list your home: you’ll build hype, give people plenty of notice, and be fully prepared for the auction. Who knows, you might even get more than asking price.
Photos can make or break how people perceive a home. Instead of just snapping some photos with your smartphone, look at really making a statement and investing in high-quality media. A video, for example, would be watched a lot more than people would view photos, especially as videos account for the majority of internet traffic now (i.e. people like videos!). You can even make it fun and entertaining, whatever it takes to get your house sold!
A Big Launch Party
What’s the point in putting your house up for sale if you’re not going to make a song and dance about it? When you decide to sell, host an open house, but a fun one, one that people will attend and remember. You might even get the local media interested if it’s big enough, which will mean free advertising!