Are you planning to list your Colorado home this spring? If so, you’ll know that there’s a lot to be done before doing so – especially if you want to make a great first impression and increase the likelihood of a speedy sales cycle. Many people have found success by taking on projects that will increase curb appeal and comfort inside the home, but which ones should take priority? This post will outline the dos and don’ts of making your home market-ready.
1. Put your pineapple on display.
DO: Make your home buying guests feel welcome – and right at home. Plant attractive, colorful, flowers, edge your gardens, and mow the lawn. Your front yard doesn’t have to look as pristine as Rocky Mountain National Park, but make sure to fix broken screens, roof tiles, doorbells, shingles and outdoor lighting. You may also want to give your front door a fresh coat of paint and replace your doormat.
DON’T: Leave behind any clutter, objects and/or lawn ornaments that may send the “wrong message.” You want home buyers to envision themselves living there, not drowning in junk.
2. Clean, clean, clean.
DO: Make your home sparkle. Cleanliness implies that your home is well taken care of, which gives buyers confidence in their purchase. Your home will be scrutinized, especially the kitchen and bathroom, so make sure to recaulk tiles and paint where necessary. Don’t go crazy. A well-done, no frills, paint job is all you need.
DON’T: Skimp on this step. Giving your home a deep clean and taking the time, money and energy to make sure rugs and carpets are stain-free, your surfaces are grime-free, and your walls don’t have any scratches on them will pay off – bigtime – in the future.
3. Give your home a mini makeover.
DO: Take on small, easy, repairs like replacing old hardware and updating lighting. Make sure you have the right window treatments throughout your home and adjust them depending on open house and showing times. The right lighting can really set the mood.
DON’T: Forget to highlight the beautiful and special features of your home. If you’ve got a remarkably large backyard, make sure it’s impeccably landscaped. Tennis anyone? If you have tennis courts, a pool or a spectacular outdoor living space, take time to put them in good order.
It’s a simple as that! Now that you know the dos and don’ts of making your home market-friendly, you’re ready to get started.