Houses that sell within the first five weeks of their listing are most likely to fetch their asking price. The longer the house sits on the market, the more pressure you’ll feel to lower the price and the less likely it is to sell without some freebies from you, the seller. Even if you don’t have a need to sell quickly, follow these tips from professional realtors to get top dollar for your home:

  1. Find a Realtor: The best way to sell a home is hire a professional and allow their experience to guide you. A realtor knows the laws to help you sell your home, can assist you in deciding on the right selling price, offer suggestions for necessary improvements to your home to get your agreed upon price and other strategies for selling in your area.
  2. Right Price: The most important factor in selling a home quickly is setting the right price. The best way to decide on a price is to find the average price of homes that have sold in your area. Your Realtor will have the information readily available. Rather than beginning with a set amount of gain you’d like to walk away with which is the most common mistake sellers make is pricing the home too high.
  3. Prepare the Property: There are many things you can do to make the home more appealing to prospective buyers, the key is to make the improvements BEFORE you start showing it. These improvements are called “staging” and it has been know that staging a home helps it to sell quicker.
  4. Offer Incentives: Offering to pay closing costs or including household items and appliances can bring the up-front expenses of buying your home into range for a first time home buyer who is just barely able to make the down payment, mortgage points and fees.

There you have it! Apply these tips to sell your home fast as the peak home selling and buying season is here.