Selling a Denver home is a major life event for most people. The decision to list your home doesn’t typically happen overnight, which means you as a homeowner do have some time to plan and prepare. By using this time wisely, you can maximize your Denver home’s value and significantly increase your profit potential for when you do decide to list it for sale. By taking the following steps to prepare yourself for your Denver home sale a year or more before you list, you will likely have a much more successful and much less stressful Denver home sale experience.
Connect with the Right Partner
Real estate agents are supposed to do more than just show up, list your home, hold an open house and then move on. Your agent should be a valuable asset to your life well before you list it, and it’s important to establish a connection with a local agent and develop a positive relationship that is able to transition into a successful working one. A good agent should be able to give you guidance so you are able to begin learning the market well before you list, and turn your mind from that of a homeowner to that of a seller. Your agent should provide you with helpful information, insight, advice and assistance on an ongoing basis, in hopes of working you up to an eventual home sale. Your agent should also be able to connect you with the best local resources for your home inspection, pre-sale improvements and appraisal in addition to assessing your homes condition and making recommendations for ways you can best prepare it to sell.
Have Your Home Inspected
For just a few hundred dollars you can have a licensed home inspector come and perform an adequate assessment of your Denver home up to two years before you list it. Having your home inspected before you list it can reveal potentially costly problems, or issues that may disrupt the closing process if ignored. By giving yourself time to make necessary repairs you can shop around for estimates and come up with a financial plan to take care of them. Waiting until the last minute to have your inspection done can lead to rush jobs which can be significantly costlier.
Make Improvements to Your Home
For the year or two before you list, it is worthwhile to invest the time and money to ensure that your Denver home not only passes its inspection, but is appealing to a broad range of potential buyers. Your agent may suggest cosmetic changes like repainting walls or refinishing floors, and it’s important you carefully consider making these improvements because it is likely they will help you with a quick Denver home sale. Buyers want homes that are move-in ready, unless you are willing to sell at a steep discount to someone looking for a fix and flip.