So you’ve decided to sell your Denver home. Figuring out what to do first can feel overwhelming. Do you call an agent, have your home appraised, power wash your siding or hire professional landscapers? Take a deep breath and read up on the following steps you should take so you’re on your way to making your Denver home “market ready”.
Take Care of Your “Stuff”
The time and effort you commit to getting your Denver home ready to show for potential buyers can have a significant impact on the amount of success you will have selling it. Paying to have your home professionally staged can be a worthwhile investment, but while bringing in the experts can provide great results, there is plenty you can do on your own to make sure you get the most for your money. When preparing your Denver home, you’ll want to live by the mantra “less is more.” You want potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home, so having too much clutter and personal items around can hinder their vision. Since you are going to have to pack and move all your stuff eventually, use this opportunity to knock some of it out early! Consider renting a portable container, so then you can box everything you don’t need up and conveniently transport it, rather than cramming it in your basement or garage. Buyers will look through every closet, drawer and cabinet (most likely), so simply hiding your stuff isn’t enough.
Find Your Partner
While you’re preparing your Denver home to be market ready, begin searching for a good real estate partner. You’re not just looking for an agent; you’re looking for a teammate. Ask around to friends and co-workers for referrals, and take the time to interview several potential partners before you decide. If an agent isn’t willing to take the time for your interview, this should serve as being a red flag. One underrated bonus for interviewing several agents in your home is that you will likely get several suggestions and recommendations as to what work you should consider doing to improve the way your home appears to potential buyers.
Dig Up Important Documents
Since you’ll be inspecting every inch of your Denver home anyway, use it as an opportunity to hunt down important documents and paperwork that you may have stashed away over the years. Buyers will want to have things like warranties, installation invoices and mortgage documents during the closing process, so be sure to organize your collection of important paperwork and you’ll simplify your selling process.
Getting your Denver home market ready requires a commitment and a plan of attack. Thoroughly cleaning, both inside and out, getting your documents in order and finding the right partner are all steps necessary to create a quick sale.