Ready to sell your house in Colorado Springs? There are a variety of things you can do to add value, but not all of them are worth the effort or the money. In our latest post, learn about what to spend money on when selling your house in Colorado Springs and how to minimize your costs!
There are a few ways you can sell your Colorado Springs house. You can sell it as-is to a company such as Swift Results, Inc., or you can decide to list it in order to, hopefully, get a better price. While the first option requires little time on your part and no money out of your pocket, listing your property can get pretty expensive up front. If you go that route, it is important that you use your funds wisely, only paying for upgrades and improvements that will really add value to your house. Here are just a few of the things we recommend doing if you decide to list your Colorado Springs house:
Right or wrong, many buyers decide whether or not they like a house within the first few seconds of seeing it, so that first impression is critical. Sometimes they may even decide not to go inside based on their first impression of the outside! You need to make them feel at home from the minute they pull into the driveway. Spend some money fixing up the landscaping and replacing things like the mailbox, address numbers, and maybe even the front door. You will have to keep up with mowing the lawn and other landscaping needs. Each person who views the house should see a well-groomed front yard.
New Interior Fixtures
New fixtures are a great way to add more value to your house without spending a ton of money. Replace things like door handles, faucets, drawer pulls and cupboard hinges. You will want to properly budget for this as you will probably need more new doorknobs than you think!
Make the spare bedroom, the spare bedroom. Don’t include the gym and home office in it. By having undefined spaces, the buyer can’t decide what the room is used for and can be confused. If it is used more as an office, then remove the bed, or vice versa. Either way, make it clear what you are using the space for.
Spruce Up The Entryway
First impressions matter. When people walk in the door, they should receive a good feeling about the place. Spend some time sprucing up the entryway so people feel right at home. Add side tables, new art or a fresh vase of flowers.
Worn carpet is a huge turnoff for homebuyers. Stains and wear can be extremely off-putting when someone is considering the home for themselves. Adding new carpet throughout the house will refresh the entire space, making the area look new. At the very least, if replacing carpet isn’t in the budget, get it professionally cleaned and/or repaired.
Painting is the first thing many people do when putting their house on the market, as it is an inexpensive and easy way to add impact to the home. While you can do this one on your own, it doesn’t mean you should. A poor paint job will be very noticeable to buyers looking at your house. Spend the money to hire a professional to do the interior of your home. Be sure to budget a few thousand for this depending on the size of your Colorado Springs house, and KEEP THE COLORS NEUTRAL. Don’t spot paint over damaged areas. It will be noticeable to buyers and the home inspector, and may cause them to question what else you are trying to hide.
Staging & Storage
It is a good idea generally to hire a professional staging company while the house is on the market. You will need to pack up your personal items and store them at an offsite facility or in neatly packed boxes in your basement or garage. Keep only your necessities at the house, and let the rest of it to be taken care of by a professional. If it’s not in your budget to do the whole house, focus on having a few of the main rooms done. You will still want to remove your personal items during property showings. By storing them offsite, potential buyers won’t be faced with all your stuff you tried to hide in the closet!
Before you spend money making repairs and doing some of these things to spruce it up, consider what selling directly could mean for your situation! With a direct sale, there is zero cost to you! Plus, there aren’t any agent commissions!