Property Evaluation and Preparation for Sale
One service that we believe is extremely important in the Denver real estate market is helping our listing clients to objectively evaluate their homes for marketability. Some brokerages do a once-over to get the information to put into the various information fields in the listing. However, we go much more into the detail of the features, characteristics and condition of your home. We will want to postpone some photos until we’ve worked with you to do a thorough inspection of your home with a whole lot of details in mind.
Every buyer who sees your home will be comparing it to the competition in your area and price range. How your home compares is critical to how soon you sell it and at what price. We’re going to work with you in several areas of concern:
- Interior features & characteristics – While the number of bedrooms and baths are not something you’ll be changing to compete better with other homes, you do need to objectively compare them in order to end up with a listing price that will get your property sold. Some things we can consider for improvements, others we just need to know how your home compares to other homes buyers will be seeing. Other features/characteristics:
- Floor plan
- Built date and obsolescence
- Floors & walls condition, paint, etc.
- Kitchen features
- Room sizes
- Lighting, skylights, windows
- Exterior – That “curb appeal” thing really does mean something. When a prospective buyer first drives up in front of your home, they’re going to get a first impression that is very important. We help you to look at things like landscaping, exterior paint and condition. Here is an area in which small expenditures can yield big results. It’s a fact that some buyers will ask to leave without ever stepping across the threshold if they get a bad first curb appeal impression.
- Condition – Minor repairs can also make a major difference. Many buyers assume that a need for minor repairs indicates a general lack of fundamental maintenance over time. They’ll discount their offer, if they make one, thinking they’ll have a lot of work to do to bring the home to a good condition. So, we’re honest with you about things that we see and buyers will see and consider in their evaluation. From cracked window panes to scarred walls or doors, we’ll let you know what we believe is important and make suggestions.
The Kearns Team is here to make sure that your home enters the market in the very best competitive position possible. A thorough and objective evaluation is an important first step.
Diana Kearns is also an Accredited Staging Professional. She provides a complimentary Home Staging Review to our Sellers before your home hits the market, and she will work with you to ensure that your home appeals to a wide range of buyers. Usually this requires de-cluttering and de-personalizing your home, but Diana can also assist with furniture and accessory placement - often using items already in your home. If staging furniture and accessories are needed, we can arrange for selection and delivery of these items at a reduced cost to you.