August 10, 2018 | Haley Kinard
There’s no hard data on how long it takes for a house to sell. According to The Balance, if you are in a high-demand seller's market, a great home listed at the right pricecan sell within three to 10 days. On the other hand, if you are in a buyer's market, it could take a month or more to sell. One thing is for sure: If your home doesn’t have something to make it stand out from the pack, you may be sitting on that property for longer than you want.

If you are trying to sell your home as quickly as possible, you can speed up the process by making sure your home appeals to buyers. These two key projects make buyers pay attention when checking out your property.

Clear It Out

If you’ve ever walked through a model home, you probably noticed a clear lack of stuff laying about. There’s a reason for that: When real estate agents want a home to sell, they declutter and depersonalizeit completely. The idea is to curate the home in a way to make it look like it’s livable, but not lived in. That way the people touring the property can see themselves living in it.

Give yourself several daysto get through this task because chances are you don’t realize the amount of work you have ahead of you. Even things you love and want to keep like all the books cluttering your shelves, sports memorabilia and family photos need to be out of sight and out of mind. For all the things you want to take with you, it helps to rent a self-storage spacenearby where you can safely keep your items until it is time to move. Plus, it gives you somewhere to put your belongings other than your home’s storage, one of the features buyers wantthe most.

Look Up

One of the best returns on investments is to update your roof. An old and worn-down roof is only going to cause heartache and headaches for whoever ends up buyingyour home. Replacing it, on the other hand, is an excellent selling point your real estate agent can highlight on your listing. Furthermore, it’s a great investment on your end. It’s estimated that homeowners will make back 105 percentof their roof replacement costs once the house is sold.

Of course, not every home needs a roof replacement. A newer home may just need a good roof cleaning and some shingles repaired. However, if you live in an area with extreme weather like floods, tornadoes or blizzards, even a relatively young house may need roof replacement.

Here’s what to check for when inspecting a roof:

  • Go into the attic with a flashlight and look for spots where the roof deck is sagging such as dark spots, trails, and outside light showing through. Also check for signs of water damage and leaking inside.
  • When checking the exterior, look for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles. Loose materials and wear around the chimney, vents or pipes are bad signs. An excessive amount of shingle granules in the gutters is another sign of advanced wear.
  • Look for signs of moisture, rot, or mold on the exterior. When checking the drainage system, make sure gutters and downspouts are secure and all drains are clear and allow water to exit freely. All bath, kitchen, and dryer vents should go entirely outside the home as opposed to into the attic. 


You never know how long it will take to sell a home, but you can do a few things to make it go by quickly. A clean and decluttered home provides buyers with the room they need to see themselves living there. Furthermore, a new roof provides a sense of security in the buyer’s purchase. A new roof is so attractive to buyers, homeowners recoup the costs once the property is sold.


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