GETTING READY TO SELL
STEP 1: Evaluate Your Finances. Selling your house doesn't just involve putting it on the market; in order truly prepare yourself for the sale of your current home, it's imperative to consider a few key components, such as: how much money do you have invested in your current house?; what are your financial goals with the sale?; how much do you need in your pocket to buy your next home? Whether you're downsizing or expanding your space, your financial requirements will help determine certain factors in considering the sale of your property.
STEP 2: Get Pre-Approved. If you become a Seller, chances are you're going to also end up being a Buyer in short time. This means keeping up with the pace of the sale process by getting pre-approved for your new loan before moving forward with putting your house on the market.
STEP 3: Fix It. What kinds of things do YOU want to see in a property that will be your investment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars? For most Americans, a house represents the most significant purchase of their lifetimes. When considering how to prepare your house for the market, think of the things you'd notice as a Buyer. Then, get your house in the best condition you can. A small investment on the front end of your deal can save you thousands of dollars [and plenty of headaches!] down the road. For example, make sure all closet doors are on track, clean the grout in your showers, touch up dents and scratches on walls/surfaces, clean out storage rooms and re-purpose them into useful spaces that allow Buyers to see the value these spaces bring to the house.
STEP 4: Style it Pretty. The first step in making your house attractive to buyers is to de-clutter and de-personalize as much as possible. This doesn't mean making it boring; on the contrary, it calls for some sprucing up and adding style that can show off just how nicely your house can be utilized. Filling a house with too much furniture is one of the most common mistakes Sellers make, so clear out certain pieces so that Buyers can see how spacious and functional your rooms are. Before styling or decorating, get a storage pod and move your personal belongings into it. Buyers don't like messy areas, so it's also ideal to remove as much clothing as you can and keep your closets stocked only with what you'll need for the selling season.
Float Furniture — Move furniture away from walls in order to form eye-pleasing clusters and set up the spaces for natural traffic flow within rooms.
Let the Light In — Natural light is always a plus in a home, and you'd be surprised about the exponential difference good sunlight can make to a Buyer's impression of the entire home. Likewise, ensure there's proper lighting in each room by allowing for 100 watts every 50 square feet. Layer the interior light with all of these three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent lighting. For more info on how to do this, feel free to reach out and connect with me!
Decorate in 3's — The human mind is more attracted to items grouped in odd numbers, especially 3's. Use this to your advantage by making your space look intentionally styled, while at the same time contributing a naturally positioned feel to the house as a whole.
The following data is sourced from Colorado's MLS [Multiple Listing Service] and provides YOY [year-over-year] December average sales price in each corresponding county.
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