One of the most common questions I hear when a client first calls me is, “How can I sell my house fast?” I hear reasons like:
- my house is unsellable in its current condition,
- we inherited an ugly house, or
- the bank is trying to foreclose us
- I’ve got to move out of state for my job and need to sell FAST
They tell me that they don’t have the time to sell their house through the usual process, which can take months and might not be successful.
When I started Clean Slate Homes, my vision was to make selling a house as quick and painless as possible. I saw so many people who needed a better way to sell their house fast without worrying about realtors, inspections, or costly expenses. Every day I work with clients like you who need a fast, reliable way to sell.
I’ve helped hundreds of clients successfully sell their house fast. Over the years, I’ve gathered many useful tips to sell quickly and at a fair price. Today I want to share with you my top tips for selling a house fast.
4 Tips For Selling A House Fast
Tip #1: Don’t wait to sell your house!
The most important piece of advice I can give to potential sellers who need to sell fast: Please don’t wait.
Time is not on your side. If you think that you may need to sell your house fast, definitely get in touch with a trusted and reputable buyer. The sooner you get started, the more options you will have when selling.
Here’s a video I made talking about waiting until the last minute to sell.
A common reason a client calls needing to sell their house fast is because of foreclosure. If you are close to foreclosure please take action right away. If you are late on payments — even one — give a real estate professional call. No matter how far behind you are, the sooner you call the more options you’ll have. Personally, through Clean Slate Homes, I’ve helped many clients avoid foreclosure, but we’ll need time to speak to the bank, to get lawyers involved, and to get documents together in order to stop foreclosure.
Tip #2: Understand your needs
At our first meeting, I will get a good idea of what your needs are and how quickly you will need to sell. Here are five important questions I will ask (and you should prepare for when selling your home):
- How fast do you need to sell?
- Why do you want to sell quickly?
- What are your goals for selling?
- Have you spoken to your bank or lawyers?
- What do you think could slow down the sale?
I encourage my clients to make a plan and to create a schedule for the sale. This helps me understand what they need and how the sale needs to proceed. Sticking to a schedule we agree on can make sure that we sell your house fast, on time, and without the negative repercussions.
Tip #3: Be prepared
Regardless of the situation, it’s never easy to sell a hosue. But many of my clients are juggling six, ten, twelve other issues on top of needing to sell. One of my goals is to simplify the problem of selling to take some of the stress off my client’s shoulders.
My fastest and most successful deals all have one thing in common: preparation. When I arrive at the house and meet with the client for the first time, having all of the required documents together means we can get right to making the best deal possible.
Below is a quick checklist of just some of what you need to get moving on selling your home:
- Original sales contract
- Title commitment
- Mortgage statement
- Insurance records
- HOA (Home Owners Association) documents
- Home repair and maintenance records
- Receipts for improvements
- Manuals and warranties
- Past utility bills
Tip #4: Sell your house to a professional you trust
Many of my clients are in a tough spot when they call. Maybe it was a divorce, an unexpected relocation, inheriting an unwanted house, sudden loss of revenue or serious damage to the house. These situations are very difficult and can be very stressful. You need to find a professional buyer with local expertise who can help you find the right price, within your time frame, and without causing you any more stress or costing you any money.
A knowledgeable, reputable professional should be ready to answer any questions you might have. I recommend these five questions, but do add any other questions that might help you decide if they are a reputable buyer.
- Why should I sell through you?
- Have you had a deal like mine and how did it go?
- Can you provide me three references?
- What banks, title companies, and lawyers do you work with?
- What are your fees and what extra costs, if any, will I have to pay?
Summary Of How To Sell Your Home Fast Without All The Stress
Chances are, if you’re looking to sell your house fast, you’re already dealing with enough stress. Selling your house fast thru Clean Slate Homes won’t be extra stressful because we’re experienced in helping homeowners, like yourselves, get through an unconventional sale. By using these tips, you will be better organized, prepared and ready to sell.