6 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Sale

REALTORS® say 50% of homes are sold during the summer, which means most owners of Colorado homes for sale are using this time to prepare their house for a busy selling season this summer. As we close out the month of March, we asked our qualified network of more than 18,000 expert real estate professionals to give some Spring advice to those with Colorado homes for sale. What should they be doing today to prepare for their sale tomorrow?

Do a home inspection first

“First have a home inspection then go down the list of what the inspectors may find and grade the dificancies. Fix what you can.”

Bill Mathisen

Mathisen Real Estate    


Curb appeal makes a lasting first impression

“Clean up that curb appeal. Even in a sellers market, there’s only one chance to make a first impression. What buyers see when walking up the sidewalk and within the few steps of entering a home is the best way to grab and keep a buyer’s interest. Freshen up the front garden, do a little spring cleaning, especially windows, and make your home smell fresh and clean.”

Angela Alter     

RE/MAX Alliance          


Have a garage sale

“Cheap or free things are always great and top of my list for sellers is to declutter and clean.  Have a garage sale with the things you are decluttering to get a little extra cash for some fresh paint, flowers for the front yard, having carpets cleaned, etc.  Small things make a big difference and cleaning goes a LONG way to giving buyers the impression the home is fresh, welcoming, and well cared for.”

Stacie Duffy    

The Berkshire Group, Realtors®


Paint the exterior

“What I would recommend is making sure the landscaping looks good and to paint outside of their homes if it has not been done recently. With all of the wind, snow, sun etc. in Colorado homes paint jobs take a beating. A simple and inexpensive paint job can increase your homes street appeal and up the value of what buyers would pay for your home.”

Steve Calley     

Metro Brokers-Fanning Realty & Assoc. Inc.


The small stuff

“Sometimes the little things make the most impact when you want to sell your home. A fresh paint of coat on the front door and having the area swept clean and is sparkling can have the most impact on your buyer. Also when you go in the home declutter your home and freshen your paint. Make your home smell good! Don’t leave old stinky trash in the house or a litter box that is long over due for a cleaning make a horrible ole factory impression on the perfect buyer for your home. When you do the little things it sets the foundation for a good showing.”

Nancy Sammon

Colorado Dream Properties



Thank you to all the brokers that responded with their wisdom and expertise! If you’re in the market for a home, we encourage you to contact one of these experienced professionals to help you through the process. If you like what you read, subscribe to our weekly newsletter and like us on Facebook, so you can always stay ahead of curve with expert, timely insights to help you buy or sell your home.