If Your Home is Not Ready - Wait until it is Before Putting it on the Market

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

 

Many times homeowners want their home on the market RIGHT NOW.    Maybe they need to get to their new home quickly, or have other personal reasons to get their home sold quickly.

 

Putting a home on the market prior to it being truly ready for show, is a huge mistake.     Those repairs or de-cluttering efforts and of course deep cleaning should be complete prior to being available for showings.  Buyers will see what still needs to be done, and make offers below list price, or worse - not make an offer if it needs work.

 

It is good to get these items done prior to having a home active on the market - 

 

 

Deep clean more than you ever have before, every nook & cranny in the home, it does make a difference.   Don't forget intake vents up high and the baseboards!  

~ De-clutter every room, even if you think the room will look empty.    If you have a treadmill or other exercise equipment in the master bedroom, remove it - put it in the basement or garage.  You want the master bedroom to FEEL like one.   Less is always better but still should look homey!   

~ If you need to touch-up paint, or have the carpets cleaned, do so prior to listing.

~ If possible, clean the windows.   In Denver with so many sunny days, those windows look better when they are clean, and especially if you have views.

~ If you know of things that need repair - do so prior to listing.  Usually these items will be on the inspection anyway, so do so prior so buyers won't have a reason to make an offer below list price.

~ Curb appeal - it is tough in the winter when nothing is green, but be sure all the dead plants and leaves are cleaned up and is neat and tidy.   Many times homeowners do not use their front door and come inside through the garage.  Be sure to check the front door for cob webs and make it nice & clean.    You should be the nicest home on the block when you have a for sale sign in your yard!

 

Over the last few years when we have seen such a frenzy in the spring and summer, we see so many homeowners just have the REALTOR put the sign in the ground, and that is it.  Pictures are done with cell phones, and homes have been anything but clean.     Buyers truly love homes absolutely turn-key and are clean.   Why not put out that type of listing, and homeowners are amazed at how many showings and offers they get!

 

You get one chance to make that FIRST IMPRESSION, make it one, buyers won't be able to refuse!

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Gita, I have many right now preparing their homes!  

Jan 15, 2018 09:03 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gabe, some understand, and some want the quick way --- not always the best way! 

Jan 15, 2018 09:04 AM #29
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Thank you Mary Yonkers, and have had so many homeowners thank me for giving them specific advice to prepare their home! 

Jan 15, 2018 09:05 AM #30
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Joan,

 All very good ideas, not sure what we would do with Duchess she does not like anyone outside the family and putting her in a kennel would not work well! Yikes!

Jan 15, 2018 01:49 PM #31
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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The seller that does not prepare properly either will miss showings, fail to get offers or not get the highest price. Being ready is the smart way to go.

Jan 15, 2018 02:15 PM #32
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Joan Cox very true, an unmarketable home should not be placed in the market.

Jan 15, 2018 02:47 PM #33
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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So true Joan Cox sellers need to remember that you can only make a great first impression once!

Jan 15, 2018 09:43 PM #34
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Joan Cox
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Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert nice to see your smiling face.  Bet Duchess would not like being in a kennel, and many homeowners prefer doggie day care.

Jan 16, 2018 06:31 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debbie, all major fails and will result in less activity and for sure less contracts for less money!  

Jan 16, 2018 06:31 AM #36
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, so true, always better to wait until they ARE ready! 

Jan 16, 2018 06:32 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lisa, like minds - and wait until they are ready is the best choice! 

Jan 16, 2018 06:32 AM #38
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Joan. Excellent job. You are right, you only get one crack at a good impression.

Jan 19, 2018 06:41 AM #39
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thank you Sheila, you are so correct.

Jan 19, 2018 03:16 PM #40
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Joan

This really IS wise advice, and buyers will notice when a home is not looking it's best. I think some sellers underestimate how important this is. It takes a lot of work for some sellers to get ready so you can't wait till the last minute.

Jeff

Feb 03, 2018 12:12 PM #41
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I totally agree. I learned the hard way not to put a home on the market before it was truly ready, and don't believe sellers who say they will take care of the preparation items as soon as it is for sale!

Feb 05, 2018 03:10 AM #42
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Such good advice here, Joan Cox ... kudos to @Carol Williams boosting this post in her Second Chance post this week ...

As a LO, I'd say this is wise advice across the board ... and definitely with mortgage application too ...

Gene

Feb 05, 2018 12:29 PM #43
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, I think many sellers (and listing agents) just get plain lazy, and think the market is so hot, it won't matter.  They don't know how much they are leaving on the table! 

Feb 06, 2018 12:08 PM #44
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, I so agree, get those items done BEFORE putting the home on the market.

Feb 06, 2018 12:09 PM #45
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thanks for the vote of confidence Gene! 

Feb 06, 2018 12:09 PM #46
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
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Joan Cox great advice to sellers.

I have found that the first few weeks the home is on the market is the best shot the home gets. So, being ready to show well is critical.

Thanks for the tips.

Feb 07, 2018 03:29 AM #47
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