How to Sell Your Home in a Slow Housing Market

Are you thinking you may want to sell your home? Maybe you need more space, your work location has moved, or maybe you just want to change your lifestyle. Whatever the reason, selling your house can be tough in today’s market— especially if you fail to prepare. This blog post will help get do what it takes to sell your home quickly and for top dollar.

Keep things looking tidy and looking fresh

  • Buyers notice everything
    If a buyer tours your house and sees something out of place, the eyesore will stick with them. In fact, it may determine whether they make an offer on your home. Don’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to keeping things tidy and looking fresh. This is true even if it means investing extra hours or hiring a professional to do a thorough housekeeping job.  

Stage your home

Make a home look more attractive to buyers by staging it

  • Clean and Declutter 
    Get rid of personal items that don’t belong there anymore or that may make the buyer think they need to bring their own stuff with them if they buy the property. Also, remove any clutter on the walls and in rooms like bedrooms and kitchens so it doesn’t appear messy when someone comes into see your home.
  • Light it up!
    Make sure potential buyers can clearly see all points of interest in each room (this includes turning on all lights). In this case, even if it’s dark outside when people tour your house, they’ll be able to see the whole house clearly. Opening windows and turning on mood lighting will make the house feel bright even when natural light isn’t available at that time of day/year.

Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent  

If you plan to sell your home, hire an experienced real estate agent to list it. Who you hire makes a difference in how quickly and how profitably you will be able to sell. 

  • An agent can help you sell for top dollar in a timely manner.
  • Realtors can advise you about the improvements you need to make before listing.
  • They inherently understand which upgrades add value.

Pay for a Home Inspection 

Hire a professional to inspect your home before you list it. A home inspection several problems that can be fixed before you list your house. This will help prepare you for major issues, like a crack in the foundation or rotting wood on the exterior. This will help you budget for necessary contractors. 

Prepare for Escrow

In a slow market, you have little control over the buyer, seller, or the escrow period. However, if you work with a professional agency such as Eastland Escrows, we will work to ease the entire process. We have been in the industry long enough that we understand potential issues and can anticipate and help eliminate delays.   

Selling your house in a slower market can be challenging. However, the whole process will easier if you have the patience and determination to follow these tips.


If you’re a real estate agent or broker representing buyers and sellers. Or, if you are considering buying or selling a home, please consider calling Eastland Escrows, Inc. to manage the escrow account. We are an independent escrow company based in Covina, CA serving Southern California since 1973. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we pride ourselves in working like a dog on behalf of all our clients! We have closed thousands of escrow transactions from real estate sales and refinances to business sales and mobile homes.

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