What to Fix Before Selling Your Breckenridge-Frisco Area Home

What to Fix Before Selling Your Breckenridge-Frisco Area Home

If you are considering selling your Breckenridge-Frisco area home, it’s important to think about what steps you should take to get your home ready to list. What small improvements can be made to increase the value of your home? Little changes can make a big difference not only in the sales price but in the amount of time it takes to sell. So what should you fix when selling your home? Here are some tips you can use regarding where to invest your time and money before putting your home on the market.

Removing Clutter When Your Ready To Sell

Step one when you are ready to sell your Breckenridge-Frisco home is to remove all clutter. This will not only help your home appear more spacious, it will also allow potential buyers to envision the space and see how they can make it their own! It’s best to take a hard look at your stuff and either throw it away or move it to a storage unit. The common advice is to make your home look like a “model home.” To do this, remove all clothing and shoes from closets that you will not be using before you move out. Take down family photos and fill in nail holes and repaint where necessary. 

You will also want to clean up your garage space, fridges and freezers. Remove excess furniture and if possible, remove all oversized furniture. You want your home to appear roomy and open, not cramped and cluttered. 

I find that having a staging consultant walk through the home with you is invaluable in understanding the steps you need to get your home ready. They’ll be able to give you direction on everything from rearranging or removing furniture to the placement of knick-knacks and what items you should move to storage. 

Cosmetics Updates Before Putting Your Home For Sale

Stand outside your front door and look at your home from a buyer’s perspective walking up. What type of first impression does your entryway give? Remember, if buyers don’t like the entry, they might not even go inside! Does the door or trim need repainting? You might also want to replace the welcome mat or update the doorknob and hardware if it’s looking a little rusty or dirty. Make sure the outside lights work and are clean. Remove all cobwebs, leaves, and dirt to make your home inviting. 

You should also go room to room and look at things you can touch up or clean. Does the trim need repainting or scuffs in the wall that could be patched? You might want to update rooms with neutral paint color and be sure to clean the blinds. If your hardwood floors or carpets need attention, have them taken care of. If the carpeting is too worn and a good steam clean isn’t enough, it might be a good idea to replace the carpet with a neutral-looking carpet. Go through every room, closet, and storage area and replace the burned-out light bulbs. If you have dated hardware on your doors, replace door handles throughout the house. Finally, clean the house from top to bottom.

Big Things To Fix When Selling Your Home

One of the first things a buyer will do when under contract is to hire an inspector. The inspector will find everything that is “wrong” with the home. To avoid surprises and have a smoother transaction, I find it is best to hire your own inspector before putting your home on the market. The inspector will give you a full report with everything that needs to be fixed so that you can get a handyman or contractors to come in and make the necessary repairs. If you don’t want to fix all these things right now, you can get quotes to show the buyer.  

Does your home have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors? If not, you will need to replace them. Having a home in pristine condition will help your home sell quickly and for top dollar. 

How Can I Help?

I hope that you’ve found this information on what to fix before selling your Breckenridge-Frisco area home informative. And if you would like insight on what the local Real Estate Market is like right now, don’t hesitate to reach out. I can provide you with a detailed market report

My goal is to provide my clients with relevant and up-to-date information that pertains to the local area and real estate topics. 

Scott Lerner
Managing Broker
Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties
970-390-6770
scott@scottlerner.com