Durango Real Estate Tips for Beginners
Are you just getting started in the Durango real estate market, looking to put your home up for sale? The local real estate market can be a bit overwhelming with all sorts of advice thrown around about best practices for getting your home sold. I would like to share some quick and easy tips to maximize your home’s showing potential both online and off!
One of the absolutely first things a potential buyer looks at is cost, what is the home listed for? Now this may be a hard pill to swallow but when you are bringing your home to market the price you “want” or “need” often isn’t what the market will give you. Pricing your home right the first time is crucial to getting your home sold for the highest amount. Homes that are priced above market value stay on the market for much longer and seldom if ever sell for the original asking price. The longer a home is on the market the less interest it generates among buyers.
Once you have settled on your pricing, the second most important art of selling your home is the presentation of the home. Sounds like a no brainer, but the amount of times I have come across photos of homes online that are disastrous at best, is all too often. You will be presenting your home both in person and online, with a great presentation you’ll garner more interest and show that your home is worth what you are asking. Photos are key for your online presence, almost 90% of buyers use the internet to look for a home. The more photos the better, show a potential buyer what makes your home great!
First things first, you’ll want to deep clean your home. not just the normal clean but getting the walls and every nook and cranny scrubbed and wiped. Buyers that walk your property walk it with an incredibly discerning eye looking for any possible damage or defect that you may have gotten used to. When you have your home photographed you’ll want everything staged and ready, all your lights on, windows coverings open, and all lamps turned on. You want to present your home as a warm and inviting place, not a cozy cave. In bathrooms and kitchen, clear of much as you can off of the counters, a cluttered counter gives the impression that there isn’t enough room. Also, you may love “Fido” with all your heart, but a prospective buyer may be scared away assuming there is damage in the home from your pet (stains, scratch marks, animal dander). For the outside, first impressions are key. Clean up your yard, mow the grass, pick up toys and hoses, move your car(s) out of the driveway. Remember, you are selling the home, not the ancillaries.
These are just a few tips for anyone looking to bring their home to market. In the future I’ll be posting more tips and advice to home sellers and buyers. Are you looking to sell your home? Let’s have a chat even if right now isn’t the best time. I have decades of experience in the Durango real estate market and can help you with your plans.
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