Tips for selling your home: To-do's when putting your home on the market

by Matt Brady Posted in For sellers /   September 5, 2014


Tips for selling - The Belle in LV

Between traditional advertising and increasingly diverse methods of self-promotion, your home listing could enjoy more exposure than was possible even five years ago. The possibility of extra online and foot traffic is a definite boon for selling your home—so long as you put in the work to separate yourself from the competition. Help your home stand out with these helpful to-do's for putting your home on the market.

Enhance your curb appeal
Your home's exterior is the one thing you can't hide from view, so it has to be ready for primetime the moment it hits the market. Start with the most obvious items (taming unruly landscaping, decluttering the porch, etc.) and move into tackling more technical issues, like applying a fresh coat of paint, clearing out gutters and repairing broken items.

For a deep dive, see our tips on how to kick up your curb appeal >

Clean, clean, clean
For the best chance at a successful showing, your home has to look, feel and smell move-in ready. In addition to giving it a good scrub and getting the kids' toys out of sight, you might also benefit from measures like having the carpet and furniture professionally cleaned, removing plants with potential allergens and using cleaners that minimize off-putting chemical smells.

For more, check out these tips on keeping your home Realtor® ready >

Stage your buyer's dream home
When potential buyers walk through your home, you want them to envision what their lives will be like in that space. To give them the best canvas to work with, focus on decluttering crowded areas (think coat closets, garages, basements), toning down personal knick-knacks and emphasizing stylish, universally appealing furniture arrangements and color schemes.

For more on creating an inviting space, check out how to use the 5 senses to help you sell >

Put together attractive home photography
You've put in the hard work to make your home look like new; now for the fun part—flaunting it! The most surefire way of doing that is to hire a professional photographer. Once you have a nice portfolio of shots, go to town advertising them. A nice gallery of home photography is a great way to grab people's attention on newer platforms for selling your home, like Zillow, Facebook, Pinterest and Craigslist. If you're planning on doing your own photography, make sure you're not skimping on the proper equipment. Also recommended is a good consultation on shot staging, angles and lighting.

For DIY photography pointers, check out these pro tips for better real estate photography >

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Boost your cold-weather curb appeal (by doing these 5 things NOW!)

by Administrator Posted in For sellers /   August 26, 2014


Curb Appeal - The Dillon in Colorado

Planning to put your home on the market this fall or winter? There are steps you should take now to leverage your home's curb appeal!

  1. Arrange to have your exterior photography done as soon as possible. Your late-summer lawn and landscape is probably more attractive to homebuyers than bare trees. Need tips? Check out our exterior photography pointers here »

    Note: Don't let your listing photography get too far out of season. If you're using spring photography in the middle of a snowy winter, your listing will look dated.  

  2. Plan and execute major outdoor renovations before the weather turns bad. Everything from tree removal and concrete repairs to roof replacement and exterior painting can become more difficult—and maybe more costly—once you have to work around unpredictable temperatures and precipitation. 
  3. Keep up with your lawn maintenance. Rake leaves as soon as they start to fall, prune trees and shrubs as needed, aggressively remove weeds and do what you can to keep your turf green and healthy as long as possible. Depending on your grass type and climate, a lawn care professional may have some recommendations for postponing winter dormancy.  
  4. If your fall and winter flower beds and planters are typically barren, consider adding some cool-season bedding plants. Talk to your local nursery about good plant choices for your area, but some examples might include sedum, delphinium, asters, diascia, heather, chrysanthemums, calendulas and a variety of pansies. If you need something taller, many shrub species also have attractive foliage, fruits and/or flowers in the fall.

    When selecting your plants, try to keep a color scheme in mind. Pick a warm or cool color palette or choose complimentary colors, just as you would if you were accessorizing your living room. Too much color variety in flowers and foliage can make landscaping look busy or, worse, messy. Your flower beds should enhance your home, not distract from it. Better Homes & Gardens has an online tool that lets you search garden plants by a variety of characteristics, including bloom and foliage color, sunlight requirements, bloom time and more. Check it out »

    Note: Make sure your new plants will have enough time to establish themselves before the temperature drops too drastically, especially if you're planting something other than annuals. 

  5. Pay attention to exterior lighting. As the days get shorter, it becomes more likely that potential buyers will see your home at dusk or in the dark—especially if they're scouting the neighborhood before scheduling a showing. Attractive outdoor lighting can help create a dramatic first impression.

Looking for more articles about creating curb appeal, home staging and other home-selling topics? Check out the For Sellers section of our blog!

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