Speed up your home sale

Price it right: Set a price at the lower end of realistic price range if you want it to move fast.  Often this will stimulate counter offers pushing your original list price up in the competition for your home.

Get a pre-sale home inspection so you’ll be able to make repairs before buyers become concerned and cancel a contract.

Get estimates from a reliable repairperson on items that need to be replaced soon, a roof for example. In this way, buyers will have a better sense of how much these needed repairs will affect their costs.

Understand the retrofit and local requirements and have work done prior to listing your house so you can have more control of your potential costs.

Fill out a disclosure form provided by your sales associate. Take the time to be sure that you don’t forget problems, however minor, that might create liability for you after the sale.

Put your best foot forward by preparing your house.

Make your home stand out against the completion. The effort you put into the preparation will net you larger profits.

Get your house market ready for at least two weeks before you begin showing it.

Be flexible about showings. It is often disruptive to have a house ready to show on the spur of the moment, but the more often someone can see your home, the sooner you’ll find a seller.

Be ready for the offers. Decide in advance what price and terms you’ll find acceptable.

Don’t refuse to drop the price. If your home has been on the market for more than 17-30 days without an offer, be prepared to lower your asking price.

Re-evaluate your strategy every 10 days to get your home sold.

Be ready to move to your next home.