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Getting Your House Ready For The Market


You may have heard, the market is hot right now! I say that somewhat facetiously because I think that has been beaten in to everyone in the Northern Colorado market in the last 18 months. But, what we’ve seen in the last few months is that if a Seller is charging a premium for a house that isn’t completely dialed in, it can sit on the market for a few weeks. Unfortunately, the public is so used to seeing homes go under contract in 35 minutes, that a home still available 35 days later starts to look like it might have something wrong with it to Buyers.

So how do we make sure that we are the best looking home on the block? What we want to do is put your home’s best foot forward before hitting the market. With my Windermere Certified Listing process, we take care of most of the heavy lifting for my clients. We go through the checklist below, and coordinate all of it for you.

  • 5 point pre-inspection
  • Pull the Ownership and Encumbrance report
  • Assemble HOA documents
  • Have home professionally measured to provide blueprints
  • Have home professionally cleaned
  • Professional photography (virtual tour and social media posting)
  • Just listed postcard sent to your neighborhood
  • All the usual stuff: Sign, brochure, MLS, Windermere.com/Zillow/Trulia/REALTOR.com posting

In addition to these items above, it’s important to get a feel for where your home is in the market. I will show you the homes we are competing with, so that if there is anything we can do to give you a competitive advantage, we’ll make sure you get it done. Staging can also be a very important piece of the puzzle. Depending on the space, Buyers can sometimes have difficulty imagining how their furniture will fit in your home. Even if it is just moving some furniture around and de-cluttering, staging will be VERY helpful.

Remember, gone are the days (May 2015) of throwing a beat up rental on the market for 25% more than it’s worth and getting 50 offers to sift through. We are still a fast moving market, but making sure your home is ready to compete against everything else out there will make your home stand out, sell quickly, and for a a premium. Call me if you have any questions about listing or buying a home!