Selling Your Colorado Home

What do I need to do to get my home ready for sale?

Prior to Listing Checklist:

  • General Interior of House:
    Cracks in walls repaired
    Touch-up or re-paint
    Leaks Repaired
    Watermarks covered
    Floors cleaned or refinished
    All closets cleaned
    Lights operating
    Wallpaper secured
    Window coverings clean
    Carpets steam cleaned
  • Basement:
    No evidence of water penetration
    Dampness removed
    Cold water pipes covered
    Sump pump installed
    No musty odors
    Drains cleared
    Furnace cleaned
    Storage neatly arranged
    Excess storage removed
    Floor swept
    Handrail secure
  • Patios:
    Wood stained or painted
    Fencing secure
  • Front Door:
    Newly painted
    Doorbell operating
    Door brass polished
    Hinges oiled
  • Bathrooms:
    Sink stains removed
    Leaky faucets repaired
    Grouting stains removed
    All joints caulked
    Missing tiles replaced
    All fixtures operating
    New shower curtain
  • Driveway:
    Resurfaced
    Potholes patched
    Recently sealed
  • Living & Family Room:
    Furniture positioned to show space
  • General Exterior of House
    Paint or touch-up house paint
    Gutters recently cleaned
    Missing shingles replaced
  • Lawn:
    Lawn in good condition
  • Kitchen:
    Sink free of stains
    No dripping faucets
    Appliances in working order
    Pantry neatly arranged
    Freezer defrosted
  • Windows:
    Windows operating freely
    Cracked window replaced
    Windows washed
  • Trees/Shrubs:
    Dead branches pruned
    Dead shrubs replaced
    Overgrown shrubs pruned

Prior to all showings checklist:

  • General:
    Open window coverings
    Remove clutter
    Vacuum floors
    Clear & wipe counters
    Snow removed from driveway
    Snow removed from walkways
    All lights turned on
    Fresh flowers
  • Bedrooms:
    Beds made
    Laundry put away
    Floor free from clutter
  • Bathrooms:
    Guest towels out
    Trash removed
    Toilet clean
    Counters clear and clean
  • Lawn:
    Lawn mowed recently
    Beds weeded & edged
  • Kitchen:
    Clear & wipe counters
    Take out trash
    Remove all clutter
  • Dining Room:
    Set table for guests

Show Time!

If you are a seller, think like a buyer. Is your home as presentable as it can be?

People often start forming their opinion even before they walk in the front door. Once they’re in your home, it only takes about two minutes to form a lasting opinion about it.

Follow these steps for your house to look its best for broker previews, buyer showings and open houses. Home enhancements can more than pay for themselves by encouraging stronger offers from buyers. Remember; look at your house through the buyers’ eyes.

First Steps

  • Clean windows, walls and bathrooms
  • Paint walls in need of a fresh coat
  • Fix worn woodwork
  • Create look of large storage areas and utility spaces by removing unnecessary items and neatly organizing kitchen cup boards, bathroom cabinets, garage, basement and attic
  • Make closets appear adequate by properly hanging clothes and placing shoes, hats and other items in an orderly fashion; remove items if necessary
  • Spend a few hours fixing up things that could potentially detract from your home’s value; i.e., prospective buyers see dripping faucets and think you home has faulty plumbing
  • Fix loose doorknobs, sticking drawers, warped cabinet doors, holes in screens, windows that don’t work etc.
  • Make sure your appliances work

Maintain for each showing

  • Exterior of home should have ‘curb appeal’
  • Keep lawn mowed and edged, shrubs trimmed, flower bed cultivated.
  • Sweep or remove snow and ice from the walkway
  • Pick up lawn tools, toys and newspapers
  • Clean up after pets

Interior

  • Pick up toys and shoes
  • Make beds and put clothes away
  • Tidy up bathrooms; set out ‘show’ towels
  • Do a quick dusting
  • Give carpets a once-over with the vacuum; straighten rugs
  • Empty wastebaskets

Atmosphere

  • Open drapes and shades and turn on all lights to make your house look light and bright; open windows to freshen rooms
  • Set a comfortable temperature; cool in summer, warm in winter
  • Turn off television; play soft background music
  • Keep pets out of the way; make sure all pet areas including little box are clean and free of odor; use air freshener if necessary

Added Touches

  • Prepare tables with flowers and place settings; set out game or coffee table book
  • Start a fire in your fireplace on a chilly day
  • Create pleasant aroma with fresh baked cookies or bread

Special Tips for Showings

  • Secure jewelry, cash, prescription medications and other valuables
  • It is usually best if you can leave while your house if being shown; if you’re home, don’t follow the sales associates around-they know their buyers and can best emphasize the most fitting features of your home. Please save all business cards of sales associates who show your property. If people who are not accompanied by an agent ask to see your property please refer them to us; we will pre-screen them
  • Don’t discuss price, terms, possession or other factors with buyers. Refer them to us. We are better able to bring the negotiation to a favorable conclusion as intermediary third parties. It is also not a good idea to try to dispose of furniture to a prospect before an offer; again leave that to us