Due to life changes, selling your home becomes a necessity. The whole process can be stressful, and with a short timeframe, it can be even more nerve-wracking. Whether you need to sell quickly for a new job, for financial reasons or because of a personal situation, there are certain things you can do to increase your home’s marketability, decrease your time on the market and even attract strong offers.

1. Deep clean

Of the many strategies for selling a house fast, cleaning is a crucial one. When you’re short on time, this is a definite must. Do a deep clean on every room of the house, including baseboards, kitchen cabinets, bathroom tile and carpets. You may also consider calling in some professionals if you are short on time.

2. De-clutter

Make your home’s interior appeal to as many buyers as possible. Eliminate or store away the items that make rooms look crowded, small or messy. Organize the closets, storage areas and pantries because buyers look for storage space. Make sure to leave enough open space to give the impression that the home has plenty of storage.  During a showcase, personal belongings, like family photos, keepsakes and religious items, distract buyers and prevent them from picturing themselves living in the home.

3. Make repairs

When you don’t have time to do major renovations, take care of any fixes like leaky faucets, loose tiles, door handles, peeled paint and so on. You can invest in a fresh coat of paint, have new hardware installed on cabinets and doors, update light fixtures and anything else that may need updating or fixing. If this is overwhelming, you can hire a professional to assess the house and determine the areas or items that need repairs.

4. Make sure it smells good

You may want to add a subtle yet beautiful scent. The olfactory membrane plays a role in smelling and subconsciously assessing other humans, places and items. The sense of smell is closely linked with memory. This is why a pleasant smell is likely to be positively memorable to the potential buyers you show your house to. Smell also affects emotion. The buyers’ emotional response to your house is likely to be tied to the smell they associate it with. So you want to make sure it is a pleasant smell. Here are some ideas on how to make your home smell good

5. Light up your Home

Good and adequate Lighting uplifts the overall feel of spaces and hugely improves the aesthetic. Natural light is most preferable. Make sure that enough light is coming in to that the potential buyer gets a feel of it. If your home is constructed in a way that not enough light comes in, make sure to use artificial light. You may consider investing in overhead or pendant lighting, table lamps, and ambient lighting which is more decorative which includes candles, string lights and fairy lights.

These are some of the things you can do to improve the appearance and feel of your home. What the potential buyers see, feel, smell matters in influencing their decision on whether to make an offer on your property or not. I wish you all the best as you hustle to sell your home.

By Wanjiru Muhoro | Writer


  1. The problem of selling a home is Separating emotional value from market value.

    Emotional value prices the property higher than the market price.

    Ingrid- Gothenburg 🇸🇪


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