5 No-Cost Tricks to Sell Your House Faster

Updated April 12, 2023

You want to sell your house, and you want to sell it fast. So how can it be done without spending a bunch of money on home improvements and staging? Try these 5 tips from a local Iowa City area real estate expert, and you’ll be on your way to signing those papers in no time!

5 No-Cost Tricks to Sell Your House Faster

5 No-Cost Tricks to Sell Your House Faster in the Iowa City Area

Tip #1. Declutter

Spring is a great time to unpack all of the things you still haven’t unpacked from your last move. Go through old clothes and donate them to Goodwill or have a garage sale. Take one room at a time so it doesn’t become overwhelming. You don’t have to do everything at once.

Tip #2. Rearrange the furniture

People often yearn for change, but that doesn’t always mean you have to spend a bunch of money. Utilize what you already have and move it around. Hang up some different pictures or buy some smaller end tables or “knick-knacks” to accessorize what you already own.

Tip #3. Clean, Clean, Clean

After winter, salt, sand, and dirt find their way to taking over your garage. Get everything up and out and start fresh. When the weather is nice, open windows and doors and let your home breathe after being cooped up for so long. Get in one real deep cleaning to start off before spring and summer activities take over your world.

Tip #4. Set the Table

Even if you are not hosting, set the table for dinner. Get out the plates, silverware, and settings that you don’t use year-round. This is another way to “stage” your home with items you already have and not spend any money.

Tip #5. Bring the Outside In

Modern homes have rooms that don’t have to conform to traditional standards,  whether it’s a living room or family room, or even your master bedroom. Throw a few things in to make it less formal and more of relaxing lounge space. When people think of outdoor spaces they think of being functional and relaxing. Not everything has to match. Have fun with it.

It can be as easy as that! With these simple tricks, you can set your house up to look its best without breaking the bank!

About Guest Blogger: Mike Bails, REALTOR®

Mike Bails, a native of Iowa City, leads the Corridor in sales for new construction, development, income and investment properties. He’s been selling real estate since 1999 and is a long-time member of the Board of Directors for The Iowa City Area Home Builder’s Association (HBA) and will be serving as the HBA President for 2019.  Mike, and his wife, Angie, have two children, Mariah and Caden, and live on an acreage in Solon. They also have two dogs: Cash, a bulldog, and Jax, a boxer. Mike and Angie, who met while attending the University of Iowa, are a real estate match made in heaven. Angie owns a rental property management company, Brotherton Investments. When they are not working, Mike and his family try to spend as much time as they can at their cabin in Montrose where family and friends are always invited to camp, fish, ride ATV’s and generally have a great time!

This is a sponsored post. ICM was compensated for sharing this piece.  However, we love connecting our readers with people and organizations that are doing good in our community, and we think you will find this information helpful and informative!

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