Why Now Is The Time To Sell Your Home!

Why Now Is The Time To Sell Your Home!You might have heard that it’s not a good time to sell your home now that the election has come and gone. Don’t listen to them! Despite the fact that there are signs of a slow down, the real estate market is still hot and you could easily sell your home today.

Sell in a slow or hot market

So even if the market is slowing down a bit, how can you sell so easily? Why should you? Well, if you could have a Realtor come and tell you what your home was worth now or after you update a few things would you believe it? Of course! Homes that are up to date, in great shape will sell in a slow market or hot one.

Don’t fear, the market is still hot

Many people were holding off buying or selling until after the election, causing the slow down. As with any election year and the time leading up to it, who is in office makes a difference in the economy and economic fortune telling. Will they be pro-business and make it easier for investors? Will they be big government regulators who demand that home prices be regulated so everyone can buy a home, affordable or not? That question scares people into not moving until they know. Now that it’s over, and now that we know which party will be in control, things will pick back up.

Don’t be afraid

So what does that mean for you? Don’t be afraid to sell now. The market it still active and looking up. Fix up your home, contact a Realtor and see how well you can do TODAY. Why wait?

Why The Market Slowing Down Is Good For Denver Real Estate

The real estate market in Denver has slowed down, but that’s a good thing. It sounds counterproductive, but for buyers and sellers, it is a good thing and here’s why.

Puts homeownership within reach

Why The Market Slowing Down Is Good For Denver Real EstateFor buyers it means that homeownership is within reach again. In a slower market home prices are lower. That’s great for buyers, obviously.

What makes it good for sellers is that they don’t have to rush to market. Knowing that they aren’t “missing out” on a hot market means that they have time to get it right. Updates can be made, and they can take a week or month to get their home in the best shape ever.

For a seller that means the best price for their property.

More time and less worry

In a slower market there are fewer frantic buyers buying anything and everything just because it may not be there the next day. Not great for sellers, obviously. But for buyers it means they can take time to see more homes and find the right one, instead of feverishly buying SOMETHING because it may disappear from the market the next day. With that also goes the bidding wars. Having more time to decide without the worry about being outbid.

Better price negotiations

A slower market also gives a buyer more negotiation room for buyers and sellers. For sellers a slower market means less competition. That will help with price negotiations. For buyers it means you can also negotiate price, but with it you can negotiate in repairs, closing costs and other concessions.

Don’t give up your dreams of homeownership or selling your current home because of a slower market. It can be a great thing for you as a buyer or a seller. Call your Realtor today and ask how they can help you.

Checklist for Preparing Your Home For Sale

This checklist for preparing your home for sale is quite detailed.

A. The Exterior of your Home

Checklist for Preparing Your Home For Sale1. The Yard, front and back

  • Cut, edge and fertilize the lawn.
  • Trim bushes & trees removing all dead limbs & debris.
  • Add low cost, colorful and seasonal foliage.
  • Remove all weeds from flower beds, rocks, & cracks in concrete.
  • Install/ Inspect decorative metal or stone borders between lawn & planting beds.
  • Add more rock or more mulch to garden beds.

2. Decks, Patios, Driveways, Porches, & Fences

  • Wash driveways & sidewalks.
  • Patch holes & cracks in concrete or asphalt.
  • Replace any broken areas in fencing or decking.
  • Paint and stain fences & decks.
  • Arrange outdoor furniture & firewood neatly.
  • Put away all lawn equipment, bikes, & toys.
  • Make any repairs or updates to all equipment
  • Remove debris from the street in front of your home, hose it down if the municipality doesn’t street sweep.

3. House

    • Inspect all exterior elements of home: gutters, downspouts, siding, windows sashes, trim, & shutters. Clean, paint, and/or replace as needed.
    • Replace any broken windows, doors, & screens. Make sure they all operate properly.
    • Clean windows & screens thoroughly inside and out. This helps brighten the home inside.
    • Roof: Inspect for missing/ damaged shingles & flashings. Make any necessary repairs.
    • Clean & touch up paint on the little things: House numbers, mailboxes, doorbells, etc…

4. Front Porch: Extra Attention Needed! This should be very welcoming.

  • Replace front door if damaged & can not be repaired.
  • Paint door & trim.
  • Clean porch, make any necessary repairs (depending on type of materials the porch is made from).
  • Put out a new doormat.
  • Depending on space, decorate with hanging or potted plants, chairs, etc.
  • Have a nice porch light that uses high wattage bulbs to make porch area brighter.

B. The Interior of your Home

1. Whole Home Improvements

  • Clean and repair windows & screens.
  • Clean curtains, drapes, & blinds, replace if necessary.
  • Clean carpets, professionally, if necessary. If not salvageable, replace.
  • Clean & wax wood floors, repair any stained beyond cleaning.
  • Clean vinyl & ceramic floors.
  • Clean, paint, replace all vent covers.
  • Clean, polish, paint/stain wood trim in home.
  • Have a friend come in once cleaning is done and advise if there are any lingering pet or smoke odors. Re-Clean areas where there are.
  • Remove dated wallpaper & borders.
  • Repair damages to walls & ceilings. Includes: holes, cracks, & water stains.
  • Freshly paint home using white, off white or beige paint, or a light, neutral color.
  • Clean all lamp shades & covers and replace bulbs with a higher wattage, if possible.
  • Have all home systems inspected: HVAC, electrical, plumbing, roof; and have any necessary maintenance or repairs completed. Keep a file of documentation to provide proof of what was done.
  • Have all appliances maintained and repaired. This includes hot water heater, laundry and kitchen appliances. Replace any beyond repair.

2. Closets

  • Completely empty out all closets and sort items.
  • Pack up out of season clothing, coats and shoes.
  • Pack anything not necessary to live for the time period you’ll have the home listed.
  • Leave only a few items on the floor of closets.
  • Neatly arrange items on shelving.
  • Leave extra space on shelves.

3. Pay Attention to the Little Things

  • Tighten loose door knobs.
  • Tighten loose towel racks.
  • Oil any squeaky doors or drawers.
  • Arrange furniture to give an open feel. Remove any unnecessary or oversized furniture.
  • Make sure all switches & outlets are clean & working properly.
  • Make sure windows open & close without squeaking.
  • Keep expensive personal items with you, including prescription medication.

4. Kitchen & Baths

  • Thoroughly clean all countertops, appliances, mirrors, ovens, sinks, toilets, tub, & shower walls.
  • Store small appliances to open up counter space.
  • Clear off vanity countertops & store all personal care items neatly.
  • Clean ventilating hood & exhaust fans.
  • Remove rust stains.
  • If old and dated, replace knobs on drawers & cabinets.
  • Clean & organize drawers, cabinets, & linen closets.
  • Clean all tile grout & caulk. Re-caulk if necessary.

5. Garage, Basement, Attic, & Storage Areas

  • Clean out all storage areas, throw away or donate anything you no longer need or use.
  • Thoroughly clean storage areas, garage and attic. If finished, consider painting white to make them appear larger. Paint garage floors with a sealant.
  • Arrange and organize remaining items.
  • Wipe off dirt/cobwebs from water heater, furnace, washer & dryer.
  • If you have a basement, make sure it’s water problem free.

Can You Go Too Far With Depersonalizing Your Home For Sale

You’ve heard the advice before to “depersonalize” your home so people can imagine themselves in it, not see you in it.” But can you take it too far? The answer to that is yes, you sure can. People look for some personality in a home and if they don’t find it, they are often turned off.

Balance is needed

Can You Go Too Far With Depersonalizing Your Home For Sale Can You Go Too Far With Depersonalizing Your Home For SaleIt can be a tricky balance, you need to do some decluttering and depersonalizing, but not go too far. Homes that are completely devoid of any personal touches are cold and not inviting. That is hardly what you want to convey to buyers.

Your home should feel like a home, not an empty box. It should be warm, inviting and welcoming.

Okay to keep a couple family photos

One of the things that sellers are often told to do is to remove all family photos. Don’t. Keep a few. Remove some and replace with inviting artwork, but keep it feeling like a family home. Family photos add life and character. Charming pictures of your children sprinkled throughout the home is ok.

Making your home appear to be a place of happiness and contentment will go a long way to achieving that.

You don’t want an echo!

Removing too many things will make a home feel empty and less like a home. Yes, make your home look like it has more space, but don’t go so overboard that it looks and sounds like no one lives there.

Organization Tips For Your Kitchen..5 Ways To Keep Your Counters Show Ready

Your kitchen is one place that people looking at your home will want to see. Getting and keeping it organized is very important. If your kitchen looks cluttered it will appear too small, no matter how updated it may be. So here are some organization tips to keep your kitchen looking show ready.

Kitchen cabinets need to be organized and neat

Organization Tips For Your Kitchen..5 Ways To Keep Your Counters Show ReadyPeople WILL open and look inside your kitchen cabinets. So now is the time to empty each one and scrub them out and reorganize the contents. Stack plates neatly and by color or pattern. Get rid of odds and ends. Same with glasses, cups and mugs.

Overcrowded shelves of a lot of mugs and cups will make cabinets look too small. Pack up extras and keep your nicest in the cabinet. Don’t forget pantry items. Organize spices, baking staples and cans. Throw out old spices, donate canned food you won’t get to before moving and make your pantry cabinets look like there is a lot of space.

Pantry

If you have a larger pantry or deeper cabinet, store small appliances away there. Is it a pain to get your toaster and coffee maker out and put it away each morning? Yes, but leaving them out on the counter means your counters look crowded.

Pots and pans can be tricky

If you have a pot rack, don’t put every pot out on it. Pack up the ones you don’t need and leave a few hanging. All of them out can look cluttered and be distracting to buyers. If you have a dedicated cabinet for pots and pans, either a lazy susan or pull out cabinet, make sure that handles don’t impede how they spin or slide.

Organize your kitchen drawers

Go through all your kitchen drawers and clean them out as well. Organize silverware and be sure that drawers with knives have a way to keep blades safe. If you have a nice knife block, use it, unless it makes your counters look cluttered. Instead of a cluttered utensil drawer, try using a crock to hold the utensils you use the most, freeing up drawer space for the less used items. The drawer will look more organized and the crock can be a decorative accent.

Don’t forget that ever present “junk drawer.”

Go through it and sort items into categories. Throw out old or odd items that you don’t need, like or know what it actually is (yes, we all have those things!) Then use an office supply organizer or silverware organizer to put things away in the drawer.