Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Real Estate

Get Your Denver Foothills Home Ready To Sell

You do not need to spend a lot of money getting your hoe ready to sell such as, renovations, new roof, remodeling. Some buyers will be impressed with these things, spending $10000 on remodeling will not add $10000 ROI to your home sale price. You will want put as little money as possible into getting your home in selling order, and spend it on cosmetic, readily seen features like painting the interior. Most people would rather put more money in a full remodel when they want to stay in their home and not when they are planning on selling. 

Your first step is to declutter. Not ever sure that is a word because as I type it is showing a misspelling. It means what it sounds like. Get rid of as much as you can. Sell it or box it. You will find it very refreshing to lighten the load before moving. You can always box it all up and get it ready for the moving by packing it up. Be sure to put the boxes neatly in the garage or attic out of the way. 

These are simple things to do for all homes in all price points from a small mountain cabin to luxury homes.

Remember if someone looks at your home they will know pretty quickly if they will purchase it or move on if it looks too bad.

Always keep your home in "ready to show" condition.

l Keep the yard groomed and lush.

l Paint on your mailbox.

l Trim yard

l Get a new welcome mat.

l Reseal your steps and sidewalk.

l Pressure wash your house,

l Put in a new porchlight bulb.

l Clean and fix gutters and make sure downspouts look nice.

l Inspect and clean the chimney and fireplace.

l Make sure the doorbell is in working order.

l Repair any shingles that need it.

l Fix any siding.

l Scrub driveway and garage floor if their are any gas or oil stains.

l Plow drive and shovel sidewalks.

l Fix steps.

l Close your garage door.

l Clean the windows...Even if you don't do windows.

l Store your toys (RV, Four Wheelers) out of site as much as possible

l Paint the front door and trim.

Get rid of all odors, Cats, Dogs, Cigarette, cigars, Ect.. 

l Clean, clean, clean. This includes walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets – everything. If you must, hire a cleaning service to come in and do the job.

l Get rid of clutter. Put away appliances you normally leave on countertops. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement and attic.

l Paint the walls neutral and add an accent wall in any larger room.

l Repair holes in the walls..

l Repair plumbing that leaks.

l Buy new cabinet knobs and curtains for the kitchen.

l Shampoo all carpets, scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors.

l Unclog sinks and tubs with liquid plumber.

l Clean out the fireplace and lay a few unburned logs in it.

l Fix screens and make sure windows open and close smoothly.

l Put in all new bulbs where needed.

l Fix any light switch that doesn't work.

l Fix squeaky boards and squeaking doors 

l Get rid of unattractive furniture.

l Clean appliances. Most importantly refrigerator and oven.

l Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains especially if they are discolored.

l Clear all cobwebs and spider webs.

l Wash all light switches, handrails and doorknobs.

l Keep curtains open.

l You can always put fresh (not fake) flowers out.

l Leave all the interior lights on if you know you are having a showing.

l Most brokers try not to show property in the dark but if you have a sign up keep outdoor lights on so it looks inviting for people doing drive bys.

l Put the good towels up in the bathroom.

l Clean the kitchen and keep the counter top clean and decluttered.

l Get toys out of the yard and keep the kids playroom and their rooms neat. You can keep the toys there but make them neat.

l Put on a nice mellow playlist.

l If you are having an open house don't stick around.

l Take pets off the property during showing.

l Also take yourself off the property during a showing. Let the real estate agent give the guided tour...NOT YOU!