Price it Right
Home prices continue to rise in Colorado, yet It is important that you price your home right to begin with. You don’t want to overprice it assuming the hot market and low inventory is justification for doing so. Start out with getting a fair market value to determine the right price for your home based on the area it is located in. When you price your home correctly, the competing buyers can automatically raise the price for you. You do not want to risk hurting yourself in the long run if you start out overpriced causing your home to linger on the market longer than necessary.
Appearance-Staging inside and Out
It goes without saying that as long as a home is priced at the fair market value; the better a home shows the faster it sells
Declutter and Depersonalize
You want to pack away or throw away all the extra clutter and personal items; as you want a potential buyer to be able to imagine themselves and their family living in the space. Even too much furniture is considered clutter and needs to be removed to properly stage a home for sale. Removing excess or oversized pieces will make your home appear larger. The more decluttered and depersonalized the faster your home will sell.
Many Realtors will agree clean windows leads to a faster sale. Cleaning your windows adds to the overall feeling of the space. When the windows are clean and sparkling it gives the home a fresher newer appearance. Most people will not be able to articulate exactly what they are sensing with the windows clean; they just have an overall better feeling about the entire home. Most often they will not even notice the clean windows, but they will if they are dirty. Better they have a good feeling without explanation rather than walking thru or leaving with a bad taste in their mouth.
Staging is important because so many people don’t have the ability to envision themselves living in a space if they only see four bare walls.
Remove all excess furniture and rearrange sofa and chairs into comfy conversational settings or other unique space settings. Each room or area should have a focal point that feels warm and inviting. Be sure not to push everything against the walls, you can accomplish unique comfortable settings in each room while still making sure there is a clear path to move about and through the space.
Redo any junk or collection rooms by giving them a purpose with value. Even if it is only a clean room staged as a reading room with a comfy chair, a small table and lamp.
Begin with cleaning your outdoor space as well. Remove all excess items, any garbage or debris. Trim the bushes and trees, weed the garden. Get rid of any broken or torn furniture or any other unnecessary junk you may have launched out the back door during the winter months. Your exterior space should be equally inviting as your interior. A place that says come play and relax here.
Power wash or at minimum hose down the exterior of the house cleaning off any cobwebs, dirt, and dust or anything else that may be clinging to those walls.
Incentives -Everyone likes to save a buck or make a buck!
At Colorado Flat Fee Realty there are incentives for both the home seller and buyer. The sellers save and the buyers earn.
The home seller can take advantage of paying less on their listing fee with a flat fee listing if you are selling only or a commission free listing if you are considering both selling and buying a new home. Sellers receive full real estate services (a state-regulated law) as well as a discounted listing fee to save thousands resulting in keeping more of their equity.
The home buyer; especially in the $350,000 range and lower will typically be more first-time purchasers who may need or simply choose to opt for financial assistance. Colorado Flat Fee Realty Inc. offers two programs for buyers. One is help with a down payment assistance program that provides up to $19,000 that never has to be paid back. The other is a buyer’s rebate program that may be actual cash back at closing to be used in any manner the buyer sees fit or in some cases can be used towards closing cost. $3500 cash back on a $350,000 home is certainly a motivating incentive for one to choose to buy your home over another.