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10 tips for selling your home

Cheryl Foote/Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty

Getting your house or condo ready to put on the market can be daunting, but not if you put together a game plan and stick to a checklist. Buyers have a certain expectation when looking at property. They want it to be clean, updated and available for showings. In today’s competitive market, you can never replace someone’s first impression so set your property above the others with these tips.

1.     De-clutter! Grab your bins and start packing. If it’s summer, pack up the winter clothing and get it out of the house. Clearing out a closet so it’s only half full gives the appearance of a larger one. Rent storage space if you need to, but less stuff means more room for the buyer.

2.     Organize Get the garage equipment organized. It will amaze you how much gear the kids have outgrown. Get rid of it.  Same thing in the kitchen and bathrooms. Buyers will open drawers so tidy them up also  Most importantly, de-personalize your home. Buyers get distracted looking at family photos or keepsakes; they can’t visualize making the home their own.

3.     Lighten it up Make sure all light fixtures are working. Change burned-out bulbs and put in higher wattage ones. Buyers want sunlight. Open drapes, turn lights on and clean the windows.

4.     Keep it neutral Even though you might like Bronco orange and blue, the buyer likely won’t. Keep it neutral. Paint brightly colored rooms in a subtle tone. Same for furnishings. Replace that destroyed couch from college, and rearrange. A small investment can go a long way. Consult an expert to walk the house for advice on colors, furniture and staging.

5.    Clean, Clean, Clean Go where no man has gone before (or at least in a very long time). Clean inside and outside cabinets and windows, repair grout and clean carpets and high corners. Don’t skimp. Call in professionals as needed.

6.     Home is where the kitchen is Families spend a huge amount of time there so make it inviting. Spruce it up without a total makeover. Do the appliances match? Are they damaged? A small investment can be appealing to a buyer. Another easy upgrade: add new hardware to the cabinets and touch up the paint.

7.   Think seasonally If it’s winter, shovel the driveway, decks and walkways. If it’s Christmas, put up holiday lights. In summer, re-stain decks, and plant shrubs and colorful flowers. Put flower pots by the front door and reseed or add sod. Make that walk to the front door something they’ll remember. 

8.      No Felix or Fido We love our pets, but not everyone else does. Hide the dog bed, make sure the food area is clean, and clean the litter box. Also, clear the pets out during showings (I’ve seen cats bite and dogs growl at potential buyers).

9.      Sweat the small stuff Evaluate and fix such issues as leaky faucets, broken light switches and non-closing doors. If you can see it, so can buyers.

  1. Rely on a Realtor Hire a professional who knows how to market your property and put its best features first to tell a story buyers appreciate and understand. And do your part. Keep the house clean and available for showings (and leave for them). It’s a team effort — your Realtor’s success is your success.

—Longtime resident Cheryl Foote has been a licensed Realtor since 1995 and is a broker associate at Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty.

Info: http://www.steamboatmountainproperties.com.

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