Homeowners ready to make a move are definitely in a great position to sell today. Housing inventory is incredibly low, driving up buyer competition. This is fueling a steady rise in home prices and gives homeowners leverage to sell for the best possible terms—including, in many cases, no home inspection or appraisal contingency.

Despite the speed and opportunity for sellers, there are still steps you can take to prep your house to shine so you get the greatest possible return.


1. Make Buyers Feel at Home

One of the ways to make this happen is to take time to declutter. Pack away any personal items like pictures, awards, and sentimental belongings. The more neutral and tidy the space, the easier it is for a buyer to picture themselves living there. Get rid of any items that would distract the buyer from seeing the actual home. In addition, make the buyers comfortable in the home. If it is summer, leave the air conditioning on; in the winter, turn the heat up!


2. Keep It Clean

It’s important to keep your house neat and clean. Before a buyer stops by, be sure to pick up toys, make the beds, and wash the dishes. Ensure your home smells fresh and clean as well.


3. Give Buyers Access

Buyers aren’t likely to make an offer on your house if they aren’t able to easily schedule a time to see it. If your home is available anytime, that opens up more opportunities for multiple buyers to go from curious to eager. It also allows buyers on tight schedules to still get in to see your house.


4. Price It Right

Even in a sellers’ market, it’s crucial to properly price your house to maximize selling potential. Pricing too high is a detriment to the sale. The goal is to develop competing buyers and let bidding wars push the final sales price up, and have buyers drop contingencies as they compete against each other.


Bottom Line: If you want to sell on your terms, in the least amount of time, and for the best price, today’s market sets the stage to make that happen.