How to Sell Your House Fast:

Half-Empty Closets. Every buyer is looking for storage in their new home. Help your house gain that appeal by taking half of your belongings out of storage spaces and organizing what is left. Buyers snoop, so be sure to keep all spaces clean and organized!

Your Buyer Doesn’t Love Your Pet. You might think your precious pet would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.

Gender Neutral Master Bedroom. Appeal to everyone with a clean, tailored master bedroom, free of personal items and clutter. You can’t go wrong with clean, crisp linens, and tasteful artwork.

First Impression Should Say “Welcome Home.” Even if you have only a tiny stoop, invest in a clean doormat, potted plants in bloom and — if you have room — one or two pieces of neat porch furniture. Interested buyers have a tendency to drive by after work, leaving the porch light on will make your home appear that much more inviting.

Bring Life to the Dining Room. Your buyer wants to imagine their own life in your home. An easy way to help their imagination is to make your dining room inviting. Between dinners, a large dining table can look bare and uninviting, so styling it up with visitors in mind can increase the appeal. An oversize arrangement can look too stiff and formal, so try lining up a series of smaller decorations down the center of the table instead.

Unique Spaces Can Equal Character. If you have any room beneath the stairs, or a nook or alcove anywhere in your home, try to find a unique way to show it off. By setting up a small work station, a home command center with a bulletin board, or built-in shelving, your awkward spot becomes another selling point that gives your home character.


Pretend You’re Moving Out. Take all the things that make your home your personal sanctuary (e.g., family photos, religious décor and memorabilia), pack them up and put them in storage. Buyers want to visualize your house being their house – and it’s difficult for them to do that with all your personal items marking the territory as yours.

Good Light is Key. Maximize the light in your home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

Want more ideas? Give us call today for a walk-through of your home. We can give you personalized tips on how to make the most of your space for the best visual appeal and buyer interest.


Sarah Cowman, Broker; Homefront Real Estate, Winterset, Iowa 50273
Licensed in Iowa

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