So you're selling your mountain home. Like all sellers, you want to get the best possible price for your home – and frankly with the least hassle in terms of time on the market and negotiation. Here are six steps to maximize the sale of your Colorado mountain home.
On average, sellers receive 20% more for their homes when they use an agent. An experienced broker will help you make informed decisions during the sales process. At Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties, our Independent Sales Associates will recommend the best attorneys, handymen, stagers, and inspectors in your area. Talk openly with your agent about the marketing plan for your home, pricing decisions, open houses and broker walk-throughs, and anything unique to your situation. Their experience and advice is invaluable for a smooth home sales process.
Maximize Your Home's Curb Appeal
Potential buyers see the outside of your home first, so be sure to make an impression. Freshen up the door and trim with a new coat of paint. Keep the landscaping trimmed, weeds pulled, and lawn cut. Put away lawn tools after use and keep children’s outdoor toys put away. Sweep the stoop and shake out the welcome mat. Consider changing out the door wreath and maybe even the doorbell to make it as welcoming as possible. Be sure the house number is visible, which will also help agents locate your mountain home for sale.
Fix all small problems like leaks, cracks, chips, drips, and broken hardware. Replace burnt-out lightbulbs with warm glow bulbs. Give walls a fresh coat of paint in a neutral shade. Steam off seriously dated wallpaper. Don’t let small problems distract buyers from seeing the unique and beautiful features of your home.
Remove your Personality from your Home
Selling your home is very different from living in it day-to-day. Buyers need to see themselves living in your home, so pack up all personal items like photos, souvenirs, and knickknacks. Keep the dishes washed up and don’t allow the mail to pile up. Put away toys, clothing, medication, and valuables. Remove any decorative items that are super personal.
Spring clean and then keep it that way. A dirty or cluttered home is a major turn-off for buyers. Organize clutter-prone areas like the garage and closets. Show the buyer that there is plenty of space for their belongings even if you pack yours up now for your move. Vacuum, mop, and dust on a regular basis. Keep your kitchen stove clear of spills. Deodorize to get rid of pet or food smells. If you need to, hire a cleaning service while your home is on the market.
Arrange your furniture to show off the best features in each room. If you have a great fireplace, make it the focal point of the room. Fantastic view - arrange furniture set up to gaze out and enjoy it. Edit and choose your best decorative items. You may need to put some furniture and accessories in storage to make rooms appear larger and less cluttered. Create a calming color palette with a few accent colors. Make your home warm and inviting.
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