Most real estate investors know the longer they take to sell their property, the less money they walk away with due to carrying costs. When it comes to how to sell your flip fast, focus on 5 fundamental keys that not only get it sold fast but at or higher than asking price. Whether you rehab a home in warm-weather state such as Florida, Georgia, Arizona, California and Texas or fix up a home in states with milder climates such as Virginia, Colorado, Washington State, Utah or North Carolina, the same principles apply. Experts say the best way to sell your rehabbed property is pick the right property from the start. Make sure it’s the right size, in a good neighborhood and at a good price or even a bargain. After making the necessary repairs and improvements, it’s time to attend to the matter of how to sell your flip. Although some people hire a Realtor, you can also sell the home yourself by advertising it on real estate sites and hosting open houses.
Pricing it to sell
Ideally, you will receive multiple offers above your asking price. To generate interest, it’s important to price the home to sell. Check all the real estate comps in the area. If possible, take a quick tour of similar homes for sale in the same neighborhood. Avoid projecting you own biased opinion of how much the home is worth based on how much time you spent rehabbing it. Instead, look at figures, facts and reasonable data.
Inspecting the work
After each contractor completes a job, take the time to inspect the work. Taking a hands-on approach often prevents time-consuming errors. If you don’t plan to take a hands-on approach, hire a manager you can trust to oversee the rehab. Check to make sure everything is in working order. Pretend you are the home owner, walking through the home with his or her perspective in mind. Also, clean the home thoroughly so it smells fresh, and don’t forget the windows.
Setting the stage
To sell your flip quickly, set the stage with furniture, décor items, drapes and rugs. Rugs are especially easy to bring in and out of the home after you have sold it. Rugs add a splash of color and design as well as texture and comfort. If you plan to continue rehabbing homes for years to come, invest in a few key pieces of furniture in basic colors. For example, brown leather sofas and basic dining room sets work as interchangeable staging props in a variety of modern, contemporary or traditional homes.
Boosting the curb appeal
When you flip a home, you don’t have time to plant a three-foot oak tree that will grow into a giant tree for the open house. At the same time, mature plantings cost more money. It’s better to work with the trees already in place, trimming them if they rub against each other or the house. Some simple improvements include adding flowers to the beds, using pine bark mulch and adding an outdoor focal point such as a small gazebo or pergola. In tropical states, an inexpensive palm tree adds to the curb appeal. Yellow flowers at the entryway often elicit happy feelings.
Getting a little artsy
Most people know about the “wow factor” in a home. It’s the accent wall, dramatic fireplace surround, amazing tile backsplash or gorgeous kitchen cabinets that sell the home. The best advice is to create several wow factors throughout the home. Make one bedroom stand out compared to the other bedrooms. Take advantage of any architectural features or original stained glass windows or antique fixtures.
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