5 Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFA

Great news from my friend who is moving to Miami: she found the condo of her dreams last weekend. Since she doesn’t have the money – or credit - to own two properties, she called me up to ask if there’s anything she can do to speed up the process of selling her Manhattan home, without lowering the price. Below are a few minimal-effort things that set you up for a quick and lucrative sale:

  1. Keep the house or condo clean, neat, and cozy. At the end of the day, it is all about whether your prospective buyers can picture themselves living there. Make it easy for them!
  2. Stay away from major projects, like remodeling. Instead, leave it up to the buyers to customize. Your taste for purple may not be theirs.
  3. Consider painting the walls in warm, neutral colors. It adds a lot to the cozy-factor, and it won’t cost you much.
  4. If you have pets, try to recruit a pet sitter during showings, and stow away food bowls etc. Even though Mystic, my cat, and Katy, my puppy, are my favorite furry friends, not all people are pet lovers.
  5. Set the scene as though you are expecting guests – plates and flowers on the dining table, music on low volume, perhaps even a packet of yeast in water in the oven to create the smell of freshly baked bread! Chances are the prospective buyers will feel so welcome, they’ll never want to leave.

Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFA

Stacy Francis is the Founder, CEO and President of Francis Financial, Inc., a Wealth Management and Financial Planning firm. With over 18 years of experience in the financial industry, she is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA™), and a Certified Estate Planning Specialist (CES™). She is the Co-Director of the Association of Divorce Financial Planners’ (ADFP) Greater New York Metro Chapter and a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and an honoree member of the Private Risk Management Association (PRMA). A nationally recognized financial expert, Stacy has appeared on ABC News, CNBC, CNN, PBS Nightly Business Report, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fine Living Network, and The O’Reilly Factor. Stacy attended the New York University Center for Finance, Law and Taxation.