The task of selling your townhouse can mean some additional challenges. That’s why it’s a good idea to consider these 6 things you can do to sell your townhome faster in Des Plaines.
Consult Your HOA
The first step in this journey is your HOA or Homeowners Association.
Even if you believe you’re versed in every rule and regulation of your HOA, take the time to thoroughly read through all of the information about your HOA that was provided to you when you moved into your townhome. Taking the time upfront to know what your HOA requires of you when selling your townhouse can keep you out of some sticky situations – or even save you money on fines.
Some HOAs have a rule that you must notify the HOA once you’re planning to sell and move out. Even if this is not a concrete rule, we recommend that you notify your HOA to keep lines of communication open and potentially use the HOA as a resource during the sale.
Clean It up and Clean It out
Most sellers recognize that thorough cleaning is an absolute must, but don’t forget to take the time to declutter your living space.
A great tip is to make sure you tidy up closets by removing everything and eliminating half of what was already occupying those closets. Find a temporary storage space to set the remainder of your possessions aside while selling your townhouse.
Some potential buyers visiting your home may be on the fence about if they are wanting to live in a townhouse due to concerns about lack of space. The best way to clearly signal that space will not be an issue and potentially sell your townhome faster is to show it off by taking your decluttering seriously.
Remove Personal Items
Once everything is cleaned up, it’s time to depersonalize your home. This means scouring the rooms of your home and removing any personal photos, expensive clothing, jewelry, keepsakes, and family heirlooms.
When a potential buyer visits your home, you want them to feel welcomed by a neutral space that they could see themselves making their own. The goal is for them to think that while it feels a bit foreign now, they know what they would like to do with it.
Maximize Curb Appeal
Dealing with the exterior of your townhome may provide some limitations compared to a conventional house. You may or may not have any landscaping that can be updated or freshened up. Depending on your HOA rules, you may be required to paint the exterior a specific color.
On the other hand, you may not be able to paint the exterior at all. Painting your front door a pleasant, neutral tone can make a difference. Finally, power washing the exterior of your townhouse can liven it up and make it stand out.
Use Your Available Marketing Resources
Hopefully, you have hired a qualified and experienced real estate professional to assist with the sale of your townhome.
They will bring with them an arsenal of personal contacts and resources to market your home right. Take advantage of these resources and consider having a professional photographer put together the perfect portfolio for your listing, or maybe even have a 3D tour made to bring in more potential buyers. Let your real estate agent put their tools to work for you.
Be Flexible with Showings
Word has gotten out and parties are coming forward and showing interest in your townhouse. Now you’re going to start having showings and open houses.
This means adapting your schedule – sometimes with little notice – to get those interested parties in to see your property. Try your best to accommodate these showings, and you’ll be glad you did once the offers start coming in, allowing you to sell your townhome faster.