The decision to sell your home may not be an easy one, but when the time comes, listing it can be a quick process. Yet rushing that procedure could potentially create a situation where the selling price doesn’t reflect the house’s value.

Showcase Every Season

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If you live in a climate that has changing seasons, you shouldn’t hesitate to highlight your property throughout the year. Showing a potential buyer your open windows in the summer and how the snow falls in the winter gives them an annual visual of the home.

Thinking long-term with your photos will allow pictures to be taken during fall, winter, spring, and summer so the buyers know what to expect when each season comes. It’s an ideal move when your yard looks great with colorful fall leaves, fresh white snow, and vibrant spring and summer blooms.

Update The Big Things

If you want a one-up on the selling competition, updating some of the bigger things around your house is a good financial decision. Not all repairs are able to be completed overnight, so budget and plan your remodels accordingly. Some repairs worth making before you sell include:

  • Paint: One of the cheapest, easiest ways to update the look of your home, inside and out. Remove any funky colors and keep the paint colors light and neutral.
  • Exterior: The first thing buyers see – replace broken fencing, clean the roof and gutters, straighten and freshen up shutters, and patch cracked cement.
  • Flooring: If you have hardwood floors, you should plan on getting them refinished. Replacing noticeably used carpet with a light tan color will help the room look open and airy. Be sure to replace any broken tiles throughout the home and be sure the grout is clean between the rest.
  • Foundation: While it’s not cheap to have foundation repaired, it will certainly improve your chances of selling your home. Mortgage companies generally won’t finance a house with a damaged foundation. Furthermore, most buyers – upon learning about foundation problems – will request that it be fixed before they’ll buy it.
  • Roof: This is another biggie when it comes to buying/selling a home and bottom line, it’s best to bite the bullet and replace the roof if it is something that really needs an update. It may not increase your sales price, but it will probably open up the pool of buyers.

Update The Small Things

These replacements are quick and easy and will give your home an immediate updated look and feel:

  • Cabinets: You don’t need to replace them entirely, just give them some new hardware and make sure they are clean.
  • Landscaping: Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your grass is mowed, weeds are trimmed, toys are put away, and flowers and plants are weeded.
  • Welcome Mat: Having a clean mat lets buyers feel invited into your home.
  • Shelves/Cupboards: Organizing your junk drawers and pantry give the buyer an indication there is plenty of storage in the house. This can lead to decluttering for when you’re ready to move out, too!

Keep It Clean

Once your house is on the market, devise a cleaning schedule for those last minute showings. Tidying up one thing a day will help you avoid the mad dash to clean when your realtor calls. Other quick tips on making sure your home is always show-ready:

  • Pick up any time someone leaves a room
  • Wipe down sinks when they aren’t in use
  • Vacuum & dust once a day or one room a day
  • Keep windows and mirrors handprint-free by coming up with a consistent time to wipe them down
  • Clean up after pets in the yard and in the house

Selling a home can be stressful, but I hope these tips give you some ease during the process. A long-term plan is great if you are in a situation where you can plan at least several months before putting your house on the market. But, whatever selling situation you are in, I will help keep it a simple-as-possible process.

Crowe Realty ∙ DeNece Crowe ∙ Montrose, CO ∙ 970-234-6323 ∙ denece@crowerealtymontrose.com