Selling your home is no easy task, and it requires lots of patience. Depending on where your home is located and the price you’re asking, you may end up waiting months before getting a serious offer. Or any offer, in some cases. So how can you speed up the process and get the most amount of money from your house sale? Here are 5 great tips on how to sell your home fast and easy.

Market the house (and the neighborhood)

There are far too many bland listings out there on the market. Make yours special, with just a camera phone and a few hours of spare time. Take time to walk through your neighborhood and your house and show off the best bits – like a video diary. Show the best spots to go for a walk, your favorite coffee shop, playground for your kids… Anything that makes that house and that neighborhood stand out. Not only will your listing stand out, but it will also show prospective buyers that it is a great place to live.

“Forget“ some personal belongings

This one might be a bit less cost-effective than the first tip, but it is fairly easy.  It’s pretty simple – when listing your home, leave something behind which the buyer will appreciate. It’s important that this is something pricier, such as a plasma TV, barbecue set or a (presentable) piece of furniture. In the grand scheme of things, it won’t cost you that much, but it might make all the difference.

Get your home in shape

With many real estate markets flooded with foreclosures and short sales, there’s room to stand out. If you’re putting your home on the market, you need to ensure it’s spotless. This means that you should get any necessary repairs done in time. Squeaky doors, cracked tiles, damaged drywall – the little things add up. Make sure to check the bigger things as well – your plumbing, insulation, electrical grid – these may cost the new owner a lot in the future so having a clean record is great for their peace of mind.

Keep it real to sell your home fast

There’s a lot of sentimental value to your home, but you have to be realistic about value if you want to sell your home fast. All other factors set aside, your price will determine the number of views and offers which your listing will attract. The best thing to do is to talk to your broker and ask about comparable houses in your area. See what they’ve sold for and list your home just below that value, and you’ll see offers coming in quickly.

Listen to your agent

You may have heard some great pieces of advice here and there, but your agent knows best. An experienced real estate agent at your side will make sure that you show your home’s best points. Find someone trustworthy, with experience in negotiating deals in your areas.