Sometimes life comes at us fast and, for better or worse, you find yourself in the sticky situation of having to sell your home on very short notice. This happens more often than you think and its not always bad news. People do relocate to take care of sick relatives or to settle a divorce, but they also move to follow new opportunities, new careers, and new relationships.

Moving quickly however is not good for the bottom line when it comes to selling your home. This is because to get the most out of your property, there is a lot of time-consuming work and preparation that typically goes into a sale. So, if you find yourself having to move on short notice, here are some tips to ensure you still get a fare selling price in as little amount of time as possible.


As soon as the decision to move has been made it’s a good idea to take inventory of your things. To help your move go more smoothly and to begin clearing the house out for showing, start a weekend garage sale to clear out the clutter as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to take advantage of apps like Offer Up and Letgo to speed up the process of clearing out even if you have to give things away for free just to avoid the hassle later.


The next important tip is to get a shipping container or storage pod. They give you several advantages for moving on short notice. For starters, they provide you with temporary storage for the things that are moving with you even if you haven’t found a new home yet. Plus, when you are ready, they show up at your new home ready to unload at your own pace. All of this comes in handy for a quick move and for helping you prep your home to sell in a short time frame.


Renovations are the next step to address, however without much time you won’t be able to take care of the large remodels that home buyers are looking for, such as new bathrooms and kitchens. But don’t throw in the towel, there are some quick and easy investments you can make to create a dramatic impact on both the final price of your home and the amount of time it sits on the market.

Take a weekend to tidy up the yard. Clearing out planters and adding flowers and potted plants can help with the homes curb appeal. First impressions are important; in fact, it may even be worth it to enlist the help of a professional to get the most bang for your buck on short notice.

Make the investment to get a new matching set of kitchen appliances…it will pay for itself and then some. For potential homebuyers’ new appliances are a must and it requires almost no work on your part, plus it can be delivered and installed in a matter of days.


We suggested cleaning all your stuff out of the house for a reason. Potential buyers need to picture their stuff in a new home so your home needs to be like a blank canvas. Once your personal items and furniture have been paired down to a minimum, give the home new paint inside and out. Choose neutral colors and shades of white for the interior. This way, no matter what the style the next owner has, they will be able to picture themselves living in the space.

If it’s in your budget, hire a professional stager. They will meticulously prepare the house room by room to maximize its selling potential. The finished product is a home that will sell more quickly and for a higher price, so it’s not unlikely that investing in a stager will also pay for itself.


If all of this sounds difficult, or you just want to get out now, there is still a good option. Sell to an all-cash buyer! We are Gulf State Homebuyers and we buy homes in as-is condition for a very competitive price. We simply conduct an appraisal of your property and make you an offer the same day. Plus, talk about selling your house quick, we can close in as little as five days. So, don’t let buyers put you in a corner with low ball offers simply because you have to move in a hurry, contact us today.

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