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Tips for Sellers, Pre and On-Market

PRE-MARKET TIPS For a Home That Sells Quickly

 

The typical Denver Metro home buyer puts all of their savings into the down payment, leaving very little money for immediate improvements. In general, this means if a buyer is choosing between two homes similar in price, they’re likely to choose the one that’s in better condition and move-in ready. For a faster sale, use this list to present your home as well cared for and inviting. 

 

MAKE MINOR REPAIRS

Oil squeaky hinges. Fix that leaky faucet. Put a new screw in that doorknob that always comes off in your hand. Tending to small details really adds up with potential buyers.

CONSIDER MAJOR FIXES

If there are any major repairs you’ve been putting off (like replacing the roof), discuss this with us. It may make sense to go ahead and take care of issues. Another good idea is painting your home—nothing sells a house like a crisp, new coat of paint. ELIMINATE PESTS One bug, dead or alive could be all it takes for a potential buyer to be grossed out and put off. If there’s a chronic pest issue, it’s always best to get it handled by the professionals.

SPRUCE UP THE YARD

Trim bushes to below window-level. Mow and edge the grass, pull weeds from flower beds, clip tree branches, tidy up vines and consider planting colorful flowers. TOSS THE CARPET If your carpet is outdated, stained or just plain dingy, consider replacing it. This can provide a ton of home appeal and possibly eliminate unpleasant odors.

PURGE RUTHLESSLY

If you don’t need it, don’t use it, or don’t like it—get rid of it. Closets, basements, pantries and other storage spaces should be cleared out and organized to appear big and roomy with ample space for lots more stuff.

CUT THE CLUTTER

Take appliances off your countertops. Remove clothes from your closets (it will make them feel bigger). Organize your desk. Consider moving excess and oversized furniture into storage.

DEEP, DEEP CLEAN

The cleaning to end all cleanings must take place before showing your home. Dust the tops of doors, vacuum every corner and baseboard,  clean window sills, scrub mildew out of bathroom grout (re-grout if needed), clean the oven, wipe down the blinds—do it all.

WASH THE EXTERIOR

Make the best impression from the start by cleaning exterior surfaces. Pressure washing wood, stone, and vinyl surfaces remove years of grime that can make your Denver home look older.  Plus, a professional window washing will allow natural light to brighten your home.

 

ON-MARKET TIPS For Successful Home Showings

While your house is on the market, it needs to make the right impression during broker previews and buyer showings. To keep it ready at all times, here’s a simple list of items that help to create an inviting and attractive space.

MAKE IT BRIGHT

More light makes space feel bigger! Use high-wattage bulbs in light fixtures and turn on all of your lights and lamps—even if it’s daytime. Open drapes, blinds, and shades. And make sure the windows are clean to let in as much natural light as possible.

STASH YOUR STUFF

Maximize the feel of your space by clearing out clutter. Pare down clothes in closets, stow your kitchen appliances out of sight and fully clear kitchen and bathroom counters. Then use bins to stash pet toys, kid stuff, and other everyday items out of sight.

KEEP THINGS CLEAN

Cleanliness is vital to presenting your home well. Clear cluttered counters and surfaces. Clean cobwebs, as well as dust from ceiling fans, mantels and built-ins. Take out the trash, wipe down bathrooms and kitchens, close toilet lids and sweep the floors.

WRANGLE YOUR PETS

Put away toys, vacuum pet hair out of carpets and upholstery, clean the cat box and pick up any waste in the yard. Then secure your pets or take them for a ride in the car during a showing. It’s more appealing for buyers and less stressful for your pets. 

TIDY THE OUTDOORS

The walk up from the street is the first impression a potential buyer will have of your home, so the exterior is just as important as the interior! Make it count by mowing the grass, raking the leaves, and keeping your walkways clear of any ice and snow.

MAKE IT WELCOMING

Fluffed pillows, made beds and a fresh smell make your home more appealing. Remove pet and cooking odors with open windows or air purifiers. Add a natural scent such as fresh flowers or freshly brewed coffee and play soft background music for added ambiance.

SET THE TEMP

Being too warm or too cold can cause a potential buyer to rush through your home without really seeing it. While you may prefer it warmer or cooler, setting the thermostat to a comfy 70-72° will encourage buyers to take their time while touring your space.

MAKE AN EXIT

You want prospective buyers to see your house as their new home, so go for a drive or take the dog for a walk. Buyers will be more comfortable exploring if you’re not around. Just be sure to open doors between rooms and make sure things are tidy on your way out.

CONTACT US

As you know, first impressions with buyers are critical.  If you follow this list, your home will show well, sell quickly and get top dollar! Need the help of a professional in selling your home in the Denver Metro area? Call/text 303.887.0588 or email me at barry@porchlightgroup.com

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