Over the past year, we have seen an increase in the inventory of homes for sale month per month in Muskegon and the surrounding areas. Every spring and summer, the number rises because people want to sell their home during the warmer months. And for those with children, many want to be in their new home before the beginning of the school year.


If you are one of those sellers, you may find these four tips helpful in getting your home sold more quickly. Data provided at www.keepingcurrentmatters.com


1. Make Buyers Feel at Home

Declutter your house! Pack away or rent a storage unit for all personal items such as pictures, awards, and sentimental belongings. This may also include large bulking furniture that takes up too much space and makes a room feel small. You want to make the buyer feel like they belong in your house! According to the Profile of Home Staging by the National Association of Realtors,


83% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.


Not only will your house spend less time on the market, but the same report mentioned that,


One-quarter of buyers’ agents said that staging a home increased the dollar value offered between 1 – 5%, compared to other similar homes on the market that were not staged.


2. Keep It Organized

Since you took the time to declutter, be sure to keep it organized. Before the buyers show up, pick up toys, make the bed, and put away clean dishes. It is also a good idea to put out some cookies fresh from the oven, light a scented candle, or refill wall air fresheners. Buyers will remember the smell of your home! According to the same report above, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms to stage to attract more buyers.


3. Give Buyers Full Access

One of the top four elements when selling your home is access. If your home is available anytime, that opens up more opportunities to find a buyer right away. Some buyers, especially those relocating, do not have much time available. If they cannot get into the house, they will move on to the next one.


4. Price It Right

As we mentioned at the beginning, more inventory coming into the market guarantees there will be some competition. You want to make sure your home is noticed. The key to selling your house in 2019 is ensuring it is priced to sell immediately (PTSI). That way, your home will be seen by the greatest amount of buyers and will sell at a great price before more competition comes to market.