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Selling Quickly Due to Illness

Posted Friday, February 23, 2018

Finding out that you or a loved one has an illness that requires a move can be overwhelming. If you are thinking, "I need to sell my house fast", follow these tips to make the sale go smoothly.

Getting the news that a serious illness has hit your family can leave you with a lot of questions. There are many factors that go into deciding whether or not to sell your home. Some of these factors are:

  • having to leave your job and not being able to afford the home any longer.
  • having to relocate to be closer to facilities that offer treatment.
  • no longer being able to maintain the home properly.
  • needing a home that better accommodates your health needs.

Tips to Sell Quickly

Selling a home fast can be an achievable goal if important steps are followed. A priority is to find a good real estate agent that is both competent and compassionate. Seek recommendations from friends and family to ensure that you are hiring someone that has your best interests in mind. Having an agent that can step in when needed to help and that offers great advice throughout the entire process is key.

Next, price your home right from the start. The first two weeks of a home's listing are the most crucial. That is when there is the most interest, and if a home is not priced properly, it may scare potential buyers away. Check out comparable homes in the area, keep in mind assessed property value, and take into consideration that you need to sell quickly due to illness, so leaving yourself too much wiggle room may backfire.

Also, stage the home to appeal to buyers. Whenever possible, hide medical equipment during showings. Listen to your realtor's suggestions on how to improve the home to make it more desirable. Be open to negotiations and entertain each offer.

Things to Keep in Mind

A home closing typically takes between 1-2 months. To help this process move along:

  • make sure there are no liens on the home.
  • accept a non-contingent offer.
  • ensure the buyer is able to secure a loan prior to accepting an offer.
  • address repairs found on a home inspection quickly.
  • hire an experienced realtor, attorney, and mortgage broker to ensure no mistakes are made that will slow down the process.

Coming to the decision that you need to "sell my house fast" can be a challenge, but knowing that you are making your health a priority and are properly prepared for the selling process should help ease the burden