People buy and sell houses all the time.
Indeed, an impressive 6 million of them exchanged hands in the US alone last year! That’s not far off one in every 50 Americans who upped sticks and moved to a new home.
These kinds of statistics are sure to fill aspiring house sellers with glee! After all, the fact that so many people sell their home each year implies that the process is straightforward.
Unfortunately, the numbers are somewhat misleading too! Selling a home can be hard work from start to finish- even in Denver, where the population is booming right now.
Knowing how to get your house ready to sell is crucial. Failing to prepare a house for sale is like forgetting to study for an exam. It’s just a recipe for unnecessary struggle and stress!
Conversely, putting in the effort to prepare effectively results in a far different experience. You can breeze through proceedings and sell your home with minimal difficulty.
Are you wondering what to do to create this happy eventuality?
Keep reading for 11 top tips on getting your house ready for sale in Denver.
1. Decide Your Approach
First thing’s first:
Decide whether or not you need a real estate agent to help.
This is arguably the most important step you can take to preparing your house for sale. The same applies wherever you are in the world- Denver included.
Having a realtor can facilitate the sale from beginning to end.
Unfortunately, not all realtors are made equal. You have to find one that’s right for the job, which is easier said than done. Realtors have different levels of experience, different levels of aptitude, and different levels of self-interest!
It’s tempting to hire the cheapest agent, or the one recommended from a friend. However, neither option guarantees their quality. You want to look at their experience, their credentials, and their reputation in your local area to make the best decision.
Having done that, you might realize that you don’t need the help of one at all…
2. Think Hard About FSBO
36% of sellers now attempt to sell their house by themselves.
This is known as a ‘for sale by owner’ approach- or FSBO, for short. Clearly, going it alone is possible. Even better, anyone that succeeds will save on the fee charged by the realtor!
Better still, the same source reveals that 11% of FSBO attempts are successful.
Now, you can look at that stat and think, ‘hey, that’s roughly 90% of homeowners who find it hard to sell their home without a realtor’. In other words, it’s possible, but the odds are weighted against you.
Or, you can say, ‘hey, that’s over 10% of people selling their home without professional support, and saving money in the process’.
Want to try the FSBO approach? Here are some top tips to guide you through it.
3. Price it Right
The next thing for you to do is think about the asking price.
Obviously, selling your home is a big deal, meaning you want the best possible price for it. That makes total sense. However, you need to remain realistic.
The population of Denver is booming right now, with around 13,000 people entering the city each year. The result? Demand for housing is outweighing supply.
That’s good news for anybody wanting to sell their house quickly and for top dollar.
All the same, it remains a tricky balance to strike.
For instance, many homeowners price themselves out of the market by asking for too much money. Of course, it’s easy to go too far the other way as well. Other homeowners underestimate the value of their home, and lose masses of cash in the process.
The trick is to be reasonable and objective when settling on a price. You have to look at the state of the market and take an accurate reading of it.
Read up on the Denver marketplace to figure out the price that similar houses are selling for. From there, you’ll be able to work out a reasonable asking price.
4. Organize an Inspection
An inspection of your house is essential to helping it sell.
We know, they’re a hassle- and an expensive one at that!
However, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Would you rather buy a house that’s had an expert inspect it for problems, or one that hasn’t?
Organizing an inspection in advance is helpful in three ways:
Firstly, you realize ahead of time whether or not there are problems with your home. This insight protects against nasty surprises when the buyer arranges their own inspection later on.
Secondly, you have the chance to address the issues upfront, before you list the house for sale. You know that needs doing, allowing you to fix them in readiness for sale.
Thirdly, you can show the inspector’s report to prospective buyers. You can literally give them a slip of paper that says in bright, bold letters: this house has no problems to worry about!
That, of course, helps to build trust with a buyer, making them more inclined to part with their cash.
5. Make Necessary Repairs
Of course, identifying any issues is only step one.
Unless you want to sell your house as-is, the next task is to repair any damage or problems that exist in the house.
These issues may have been known to you in advance, or revealed by the inspection. Either way, having a professional fix them up will help endear your house to buyers.
Remember, the vast majority of people want to an easy transition into their new home; very few want a project to take on, or work that needs doing.
Think about buying a car. Chances are high that you’d rather pay more money for a fully-functioning vehicle than less for a car that needs repairs. The same goes for buying and selling houses.
A glitch-free house that structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing will forever speed the sales process along. Even better, the money you invest in the repairs and rejuvenation of a space can often be recouped at sale.
6. Clean Up the Edges
The little things make all the difference too.
It’s amazing how easily accustomed we get to minor flaws and blemishes in our homes. The dodgy kitchen cupboard, the tear in the carpet, the peeling wallpaper, the stain on the sofa…
After a while, you just stop noticing them. But you can rest assured that they won’t escape the attention of would-be buyers.
Indeed, a quirk of human psychology means people make a first impression within seven measly seconds. That’s not long at all for your house to come across as positively as possible. Thus, it’s of vital importance to resolve any seemingly minor aesthetic and functional issues.
Go one step further and restore your house to former glory. For example, coat the walls in a fresh lick of paint, and lay fresh carpet where the old one’s worn down.
Don’t forget the outside of your house! Remember, you’ve got seven seconds. That means they walk up to your front door is all-important. Maximize curb appeal by fixing up a tattered old letterbox, mowing the lawn, and painting your front door.
7. Get Rid of Unnecessary Clutter
It’s time to start thinking about staging your home.
This vital step can make or break your bid to sell the house. Essentially, you want to make the house look its best in readiness for viewing.
Think of it like putting on make-up before going out on the town, or applying cologne before a hot date. You want the house to look and feel as appealing as possible!
Of course, you’ve already laid the groundwork by making repairs and cleaning up the edges.
Now it’s time to declutter.
You might be surprised at how many things you’ve managed to acquire. When there’s space available, we tend to find uses for it! We keep accruing more and more possessions, until there’s no room left to be filled.
Unfortunately, all that clutter doesn’t lend itself to selling the house. Try and part ways with anything you no longer want or need. Next, put (almost) everything else into storage.
8. Maximize Light and Space
The general goal of decluttering is to make your house seem as light and spacious as possible.
Unfortunately, having a pile of personal possessions taking up space is anathema to that endeavor.
Light and space are two attributes that have been, and always will be, top priority for buyers. It’s essential that you do what you can to highlight them in your home.
Having successfully decluttered, think about reorganizing the furniture too. Move the sofas, armchairs, tables, chairs, and TV around so that people can:
- Move around the house more easily, and
- Feel like there’s more space available.
Arrange viewings for daylight hours, have all the curtains/blinds open, and the lights in the house turned on. Remember the fresh coat of paint you’re going to apply to the walls? Make sure they’re bright and neutral colors.
9. Create a Neutral Space
That word (‘neutral’) is important.
Anyone selling their house should try to make their house feel as neutral as possible.
You want it to appeal to as many people as possible. As such, a house that’s imbued with your personality and style works against yours goal to sell it.
Everything from the colors of the walls to the decorations on them should be impersonal. You might love bright yellow and have lived happily in your bright yellow house for years. But if few people share your enthusiasm for it, you’ll find it harder to sell.
Neutrality is the safer bet.
For one thing, more people will find the house attractive. For another, you’ll help them imagine themselves living in the property!
It’s hard to picture yourself in a house painted in idiosyncratic colors and covered in someone’s personal touches (think family photos, artworks, and fridge magnets). Work hard to create a space that’s akin to a showroom you’d find in a homeware store.
10. Get Cleaning
Here’s a quick one:
Make sure the house is spotless from top to bottom.
There’s nothing like a dirty, grubby space to turn a potential buyer off a house. Again, think about that first impression. A bad first impression follows a buyer around the property.
Getting off on the wrong foot can discolor a potential buyer’s judgment of everything else.
Having a clean and tidy home to show them helps prevent that eventuality. It’s time to get spring cleaning!
11. List and Market the House
Listing and marketing the property is another essential step to selling it.
It’s like a business marketing their product/service. People must know about it in order to buy it! Furthermore, the locations you market the house and the way you describe it, will both impact interest.
You want to ensure the advert for your house is well-written, and sounds professional. It should use all the correct realtor lingo, and highlight its attributes.
Having a real estate agent can help here. However, again, they’re far from essential. Take a look at other Denver house listings online, copy and paste the text to create a template. Then, simply edit to help it fit your property!
And voila, with all that done, you’ve officially readied your house for sale.
Now You Know How to Get Your House Ready to Sell
The process of selling a house can be deceptively difficult.
Indeed, the rate of house sales in America would suggest that finding a buyer and closing the deal is easy. Alas, the reality of a house sale can be far different. Many sellers struggle to close, having their house on the market for months without minimal interest.
Of course, there are all sorts of reasons for this. Everything from the state of the market to the quality of the property comes into play.
All the same, knowing how to get your house ready to sell puts any seller at a distinct advantage. This insight helps you cultivate the space and access the support that facilitates a smooth process.
Hopefully, this post has revealed the essential steps involved in doing exactly that.
Are you hoping to sell your Denver house with minimal difficulty? We can help. Contact us today to learn more.