|7385 W Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81201
|Tips for Selling Your Home
Salida - Buena Vista - Chaffee County - Collegiate Peaks area - Arkansas Valley - San Luis Valley
You can play an important part in the timely sale of your property.
The First Impression.
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects.
So does a freshly painted - or at least freshly scrubbed - front door. If it's autumn, rake the
leaves. If it's winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the
true appeal of your home, the better.
Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
Here's your chance to clean up in real estate. Tidy the living room, the bathroom, the
kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor touch-ups
and redecorating. Updating the hardware on kitchen cabinets, adding new slipcovers to
sofas and keeping a vase of fresh flowers in the entryway are some simple touches that
can go a long way. If you're worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to
help get your house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home
really looks than hear how great it could look "with a little work."
Check Faucets and Bulbs
Leaking faucets and water stains concern buyers. Thoughts of future problems with faulty
plumbing take away from the appeal of your home. Burned out lights and faulty wiring have
the same effect. Replace or repair worn out fixtures so these thoughts never surface.
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a
prospect's mind. Rather than explaining these or feeling awkward when a potential home
buyer notices these problems, put a little time into fixing them now.
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs,
festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low-hanging overhead lights. Make your
residence as safe as possible for visitors.
Make Room for Space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space.
They're looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and
free of unnecessary items.
Consider Your Closets
The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now's the time to box up those
unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking
in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats and shower
Create Dream Bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of
excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.
Shed some light on the subject.
Pull back your curtains and drapes so that prospects can see how bright and cheery your
home is. Turn lights on in closets and storage spaces even during the day when showing
your home. At night, turn on every light in the house as well as porch and yard lights.
Make potential buyers feel welcome.
Give them some space.
Buyers may feel rushed if there are other people in the house. Give them time and space
to feel at home and give your house the attention it deserves.
We all love our pets, but your potential buyers may not be animal lovers. Even if they are,
give them the space to look around without a dog or cat underfoot. Showings are a good
time to take pets for a walk or put them outside.
Peaceful, Easy Feeling.
Keep noise from TV's, radio's or games to a minimum or better yet zero when its time to
show your home.
Everyone who sees your home may not be interested. Nothing personal, just personal
taste. It's best if you can be out of the house when it is showing and let your broker handle
the questions and direct the mood. Don't force conversation with potential buyers or
explain any shortcomings your potential buyer may notice. You know your home, but your
broker knows home buyers. If there are any questions your broker can't answer directly he
or she will consult with you and inform the prospects.