There is a lot that goes into a successful home sale in the Platt Park neighborhood. It has to be ready for the market, yet also be immaculate for showings. The work involved can seem overwhelming if you have a tight schedule, particularly if you’re a busy parent, but it doesn’t have to be.
Get an Agent Who is Familiar with the Neighborhood
One of your first moves to prep your home for selling is hiring a quality real estate agent who knows the area best. An area such as Platt Park or Washington Park are very well established, and an agent such as Tom or Denise Snyder have lived and worked in the area for quite some time. For busy parents, agents can be a blessing because they can take responsibility for a range of essential selling tasks. Yet, it’s important to find one whom you can trust and be certain has your best interests at heart. At the least, they should belong to the National Association of Realtors, but also check if they are certified. Once you have some candidates, look up their reviews online and interview them to see if they can fulfill your needs.
Move Things Out
A decluttered home is quicker to clean and stage, but it takes more than flicking a switch to create the perfect environment for viewings. To start, set aside a weekend or two to look for any items aren’t currently essential. For instance, there may be leftover holiday decorations, piles of old DVDs, toys taking up floor space, unused travel gear, or seasonal clothing that you can remove. One option is renting out a storage unit to safely remove these and other unnecessary items while selling your home. While storage can be expensive in Denver, there are deals to be found. For instance, 2020 Storage on Arapahoe Street has a signup deal offering free storage for the first two full months on certain units if you commit to a four-month lease.
Bring in Stagers
Another step to consider is hiring a professional stager. Even without a hectic schedule, a home stager’s expertise can be just what our homes need to stand out. Yes, we may have a specific vision for our properties, but stagers can transform spaces and create beautiful scenes. If, for example, there are dark rooms, a stager may know exactly what to do to brighten them for the better. Best of all, we can build on their approach to keep our homes looking fabulous whenever there are showings. If you’re unsure where to look, ask your realtor as they may have some quality recommendations. It’s an investment that can be worth making for a successful sale, but keep in mind that the average national cost for hiring a professional home stager ranges from $2,300 to $3,200.
Prep the Outside
Our yards are likely to be full of toys and play equipment when we have a family. Yet, a well-maintained, clean yard can make a lasting positive first impression, both online and in person. With that in mind, encourage everyone to pick up after themselves, and clear out sheds for extra storage. If you’re lacking storage, consider adding a few deck boxes to make it easier for everyone to put things away. Beyond that, look to quick and easy tricks like mowing the lawn or painting the mail box to create a fresher appearance. If possible, head out to your nearest home store to add decorative flower boxes or solar lamps.
Get the Kids Cleaning
While many kids are prone to messiness, they can make it easier to keep a clean home. Indeed, if your little ones aren’t already helping out, now is the perfect time to give them chores. However, start gently with step-by-step instructions of what to do, along with an easy-to-follow schedule, and encourage them to have fun as they clean. After all, this is a stressful time, and they’ll appreciate a release as much as anyone in the household. While you should absolutely have a heart-to-heart with them, getting the kids involved can help them adjust to moving.
Selling a home as a family is a journey. Everyone needs to pitch in, whether that’s loved ones, realtors, or stagers, to make the home perfect. Once you’ve completed these tasks, your home will be ready for a successful sale.
We hope this helps you understand some of the ins and outs of selling your home in the Platt Park neighborhood! Stay cool out there this summer and please don’t hesitate to contact us today for help finding your dream home in the neighborhood!
Guest Post submitted by Kris Louis from Parentingwithkris.com
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