In Boulder County where inventory has been thin, your home should look its best and have any issues already addressed.
Here are a few tips:
1) Paint adds more than a cosmetic flourish. It is important to protecting the home from insects and the elements. Neutral colors are best.
2) Curb appeal: Roof repairs and maintenance are critical. If your roof was scuffed up by the fierce winds of the past year, you need to have this addressed. Gutters should be cleared of debris as a routine matter. This is something that is ignored over the colder months so any branches that might have been left after that first big storm should be cleared.
3) Landscaping: As it warms up, homeowners should get the yard in shape. Remove any dead trees and trim up bushes. Add some color by planting flowers when weather allows.
4) Staging: The most important chore in staging is clearing clutter. Store framed photos to depersonalize your home. Make sure rooms flow. The room should have a central focus - not a lot of furniture. All light fixtures and ceiling fans should work.
5) The kitchen and baths are where a lot - if not most - decisions are made by buyers. If these rooms don't sparkle, your home may sit on the market even as homes around you are sold. Some Murphy's Soap can bring woods alive. The stove top should be immaculate.
A carpet/floor allowance is a consideration for any homeowners who have been there for five years or more. Carpets, in particular, pick up odors and stains. At any rate, have it professionally cleaned and repaired. Window treatments and blinds should be in good shape.
Upgrading comes with a caveat. You are very unlikely to recover your investment, but generally your home will move off the market faster.
I spend a lot of time touring homes, so design and staging ideas are always in the front of my mind. Take a tour of a new community to see what the builders are doing to sell in this soft market. If a neighbor opens up their house for showing, go look.
PML of Longmont, CO
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