Life’s not a race, but it can sometimes feel like that when you put your house up for sale. Especially if you’re crunched for time, you need to know how to sell your house fast — plus, your house can lose value the longer it sits on the market. Get a good start out the gate by emulating some of the fastest animals on the planet. On your mark, get set, GO!
Make your property visible.
Fast animal to emulate: Cheetah
Cheetahs and their iconic spots stand out on the savannah. You need your property to be just as visible with good marketing and lots of exposure.
A few strategies:
- List your property with an online platform (check out our listing page for some ideas).
- Stage your kitchen, bathroom and every other room for photos, open houses or both.
- Take lots of good photos (or hire a photographer).
- Consider hiring an agent for even more exposure.
Make your home more appealing to the general public.
Fast animal to emulate: Octopus
Octopus aren’t the fastest animals in terms of distance traveled, but they are some of the fastest animals when it comes to camouflage. They can change their entire appearance in the same time it takes for you to blink your eye!
The octopus is a great inspiration if you’re trying to sell your home fast because they remind us of the importance of blending in. A super-custom home will often turn buyers away. It’s not always the worst idea to paint over that blood orange wall with a simple eggshell white, or to take down anything that others might find tacky or gaudy.
And remember — a clean house with no visible clutter is a necessity for becoming more appealing to the general public. While you want your property to stand out like a cheetah, it can stand out in a bad way if things aren’t tidy. Try to blend in by giving off a “blank slate” feel for potential homebuyers.
Research to get the right price.
Fast animal to emulate: Dolphin
Did you know dolphins swim up to almost 40 miles per hour? They’re not just fast, they’re known as one of the smartest animals on the planet. Use their smarts as your inspiration by finding the best price for your house.
A real estate agent will help you do this, but if selling FSBO, pull comps to see neighboring house sale prices. Take renovations and flaws into account when determining your price. If your listing price is lower than your home’s value your house will probably sell fast, but at your expense.
If you’re struggling to come up with an accurate price, sell with a time-limited event from RealtyHive. You still get to put in your final say as to whether you want to sell your house or not (and you could potentially make more money than in a traditional house sale).
Work with the right people.
Fast animal to emulate: Pronghorn
Pronghorn are not antelope (but usually are mistaken for them), but they are the fastest land animal in North America. They don’t really have predators because of their speed (they can run up to 60 miles per hour) but the other reason is because they migrate in packs.
When you’re looking for an agent or title company to sell your house fast, it’s important to find someone who can work on your timeline. Make your expectations clear from the start and look around for other options if the partners you’re looking at can’t deliver.
What to do if you’re extremely crunched for time:
The easiest answer to sell your house fast is to take a lower offer and/or go for a cash closing. This is not ideal, but it might be a necessity if time is truly of the essence. Be wary of “we buy houses for cash” companies because it’s pretty much a guarantee you’ll get ripped off.
The other alternative is to list with RealtyHive. Our time-limited events mean your house can go quick (and sometimes you might receive offers even before the day of the auction), sometimes at a price that’s more than what you expected. Look into the benefits of selling with RH!