The Guide to Selling Your Home Fast in Seattle
You have a kid living in the closet. There are seven people sharing one bathroom. The upkeep on your home is more than you can handle. You need to relocate for personal or professional reasons. No matter what the reason, one thing is for sure: it’s time to sell your house, and quick.
When looking to sell your home quickly, you have two options:
- Fix it up and sell traditionally
- Sell it as is to a real estate investor
Let’s take a look at both options and ways you can take advantage of either to sell your home in a way that works best for you.
Option 1: Dress to Impress
Depending on the condition of your home, a few simple upgrades and improvements may be all it needs to list on the market and sell quickly. When considering a renovation project for this purpose, consider what home trends are popular this year and which tips will help make sure your home finds a new owner as fast as possible.
Home Design Trends for 2018
Step aside neutrals, rich colors are taking over. Whether it’s a colorful accent wall or blue cabinets, colorful interiors are here to stay. On the bright side, they’re a good way for Seattleites to escape from the constant grey of the outdoors!
P.S. This year’s “Pantone Color of the Year” is ultra-violet. Is there somewhere you could see implementing that in your home?
Here’s some good news for do-it-yourselfers and those with older homes: vintage is in. Vintage lights are a great way to make your home – and a room inside it – stand out from the rest of them. Spruce up your old fixtures or find one to clean up and put in the home before selling it to truly make a statement.
This trend seems to be popping up everywhere – so much so that a Seattle bathtub artist made headlines recently for his artwork. Although more difficult to implement in older homes with smaller bathrooms, it’s worth exploring for rehabs and renovations.
Bedrooms are meant to be relaxing. After all, they’re the most peaceful space in your entire home. Less is more when it comes to rooms, and this is a good place to avoid the rich colors we mentioned before. Instead, opt for neutral colors and calming features. The key is to keep it simple.
In recent years, mid-century modern has been everywhere you could look. We’re starting to see the trend move away from that and head toward a modern take on traditional details such as wooden cabinets and weld and trim details.
Proven Design Tricks to Sell Faster
Decluttering Your Home
Imagine walking into a home you’re thinking about buying. You’ve seen the pictures online, talked to an agent, and you’re all amped up and ready to put an offer down. But then you see it: toys are everywhere, the ceiling fan is broken, and it looks like the dishes haven’t been washed in a week.
The likelihood of you purchasing this home is now likely very slim. In fact, you might even walk in, look around, say, “nope,” and turn right back around. We wouldn’t blame you.
Decluttering and organizing your home while you’re trying to sell is key to making a great impression and capturing the attention of serious home buyers. Just because it’s a seller’s market doesn’t mean hard work shouldn’t go into making your home look presentable. Think about it: you wouldn’t go on a first date without at least taking a shower and putting on some decent clothes, right? At least, we hope so!
Here are a few tips to help you through the decluttering process:
- Go through your things and organize everything into multiple categories (i.e. Keep, Donate, Trash, and Not Sure)
- Before and during your listing, set aside time each week to clean and re-organize (more often if you have pets or kids)
- Break up the tasks – Do one room at a time so you don’t overwhelm yourself
- Take it easy on the shopping – That new lamp might be perfect for your home, but is this the right time to buy it?
- Emotionally prepare yourself – If you’re someone who likes to hold onto things, even the idea of throwing or giving anything away may freak you ou. Take some time and ask yourself whether the item adds value to your life. If not, sit with it for a couple minutes and bask in the memory before adding it to the correct box
- Get some help – Whether you need a helping hand or simply an outside perspective, consider enlisting help (personal or professional) to get you through the process
Inexpensive Home Upgrades
When was the last time your carpet was replaced or your door repainted? Simple upgrades like these can add value to your home. Plus, they don’t take very long or cost very much to implement.
According to a recent article, here are a few inexpensive home upgrades to improve your property value:
- Update your kitchen (i.e. refinish or paint the cabinets, re-do the countertops, re-install a new backsplash)
- Refinish cabinets and doors
- Refresh your floors
- Upgrade your landscaping
- Put on a fresh coat of paint (interior and/or exterior)
Best Paint Colors to Sell Your Home
As mentioned above, a fairly inexpensive upgrade you can make is to update the paint in and outside your home. Although rich colors may be trending in 2018, it’s important to remember that not all colors suit everyone. For example, you may love avocado green and paint an accent wall in your dining room with that color. But when a home buyer comes around, they are turned off by it and skip out on putting an offer on your home.
According to HGTV, these are the best colors to paint your home to have the best chances of selling:
- Kitchen: Gray-blue
- Living room: Warm browns
- Bedroom: Cerulean
- Bathroom: Pale blue
- Dining room: Slate
- Exterior: Greige
- Front door: Navy
Staging Your Home
When selling your home traditionally, the idea is to make potential buyers to imagine themselves living in it. Although price matters, it’s the emotional attachment to the home that ultimately pushes home buyers to put down an offer.
If you decide to stage the home yourself, here are a few tips for success (you can find more here):
- Living room: Remove unnecessary furniture, replace dark curtains with light ones, remove or tuck all cords and wires
- Dining room: Properly set the dining table, open blinds to let in natural light, add mirrors for more light and open up space
- Kitchen: Remove most items on counters, stain or paint outdated cabinets, fix or replace any leaky faucets
- Bedroom: Remove TV or any other entertainment items, add new pillows and throw pillows, pack away 50% of the stuff in the closet
- Bathroom: Put away toiletry items, hang new white towels, put away wastebasket, always keep the toilet seat down
- Entryway: Pack away any shoes or coats by the front door, add a new welcome mat to the entryway, make sure any signs of pets are stored away
Option 2: Sell Home As Is
In some cases, getting your home ready to sell may either be too much work or may extend the timeline longer than you’d like. Fortunately, there’s another way to quickly sell a home: selling as is for a cash offer. Let’s take a look at how that works.
Getting a Cash Offer
Getting a cash offer on your home works a bit differently than selling it traditionally. When you sell traditionally, you must take all considerations we outlined above into account. On top of that, you also need to (ideally) find an agent, spend time and resources fixing it up, and ultimately leave it up to the market to decide how fast your home sells.
Selling your home as is, however, is exactly how it sounds: selling it exactly how it stands today, no work or fuss added. But how does one go about getting a cash offer on their home?
What to Expect
The first step is to research real estate investors in the Seattle area. Start by Googling “real estate investors near me” or “sell my home as is”. Chances are, the ones you’re looking for will show up at the top of your search.
Then, go through their website and find out what stands out about each company. Are you looking for a quick solution and the highest return, no matter what your experience turns out to be like? Or, are you looking for a local option with a builder who will make sure the community is kept in mind during your property’s transformation?
Once you’ve narrowed your search to a couple of options, reach out to them to find out how much they’d offer on your home. In most cases, investors will provide you with a no-strings-attached offer that you can use to compare to the market and against competitors.
Remember that because they’re purchasing your home as is, the offer you receive may be slightly below market value. That’s because they’re calculating for the repairs they’ll make on your home and saving you the time and resources of doing it yourself.
Once you find an acceptable offer, let your contact know and they will assist you with moving forward in the process. If all goes well, you should be able to close the same week that you reached out. They’ll have the cash-on-hand and won’t have to wait for financing to go through.
At this point, you’re all set to move out and move on to the next chapter of your life!