Listing your home? Small tasks that make a big impact.
Listing your home in todays market is quite different from the old days. Denver has always maintained a bit of a “bubble” when it comes to demand for homes but over the last few years the market has really shifted to favor the seller, almost on extreme levels at times. This has obviously put quite a confidence boost into anyone thinking of selling their home. Even in today’s sellers-market, homeowners are leaving money on the table in the name of convenience or just not caring enough to do the little extra things they would in a normal market knowing they’ll get at least asking price. For those with the time and desire to get the most out of your home, I’ve created a small list to help you get exactly what you’re looking for!
Take Care of the Yard. Curb appeal is huge, and the yard is basically the first impression of a home. You don’t want any potential buyers starting their walkthrough with a bad taste in their mouth. Mow the lawn, plant the flowers, trim the bushes. Small things to make a big difference.
Spruce up the entryway. The front door and entry way can have huge effects on buyer’s opinions when they walk into your home. Repainting the door or simply throwing a welcome mat out can make buyers feel welcome and relaxed which is exactly what you want!
Touch up the paint. When you made your house a home you most likely repainted some of the interior. Self-expression at it’s finest. The issue here is that not everyone likes bright yellow or dark purple. What you want as a seller is for your potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves living there and its much easier to do that with a neutral color scheme than bright or poppy colors that you loved. Remember, the buyers want to make your house their home, not live in your home.
Make minor repairs. I can’t stress enough how small things can have a big impact. Imagine being a buyer and walking through a kitchen and opening a drawer only to have it fall apart or the handle come off. Small things like this can have a lasting negative impression on potential buyers and drive away offers. This is the opposite of what you want as a seller. The more offers that come in the better chance you have of going over asking.
Do the smell test. Smell will last longer than any other type of memory we have. If the home smells terrible or like your cats, then most potential buyers will remember that and not the home itself. Seriously, an unpleasant smell can make people run for it. It screams re-carpeting or even ripping out of walls or hardwood, especially if pets were involved. Have someone who isn’t nose blind walk through your home and identify any trouble spots you may have.