Tips for Selling Your Home: 4 Things Sellers Should Never Do

If you want to enjoy a bidding-war bonanza over your Denver-area home, it’s important to prepare by following the best tips for selling your home. Experts predict the housing market will become more balanced in 2014 as inventory improves and young people get out and buy. According to a Trulia survey cited in an article by Time, 36 percent of people think 2015 will be a better year to sell a home. Whether you want to list your home in Golden Triangle, Downtown, LoDo, Highlands, RiNo, Capitol Hill, Five Points, Riverfront, Sunnyside, Larimer, Uptown, LoHi or Berkeley, don’t go it alone. An experienced Denver Realtor will keep you from making some of the most common mistakes made by first-time sellers. An article by HGTV points out some of the secrets for selling your home at the best price in the least amount of time.

Don’t start out too high

One mistake first-time home sellers make is pricing their home well above market and then reducing the price so people think they are getting a deal. The plan can backfire if there’s a lot of interest in your home, but it can’t get appraised at your asking price. Also, buyers become skeptical about homes with several price cuts. A good Realtor can advise you on a price that’s just right.

Don’t move out everything before you list

Homes that have a lived-in look or you stage with furniture sell for more money than vacant homes. People associate empty homes with ones that are in foreclosure. Also, a buyer assumes the seller is desperate and willing to cut a deal if they have to pay two mortgages. Even if have bought another home, leave your best furnishings in your home on the market. Enlist the help of relatives or friends to create a lived-in look and make sure your home is always “show-ready” if you are out-of-town.

Don’t neglect pests and pets

When prospective buyers come to tour your home, make sure you take your pets. Carefully inspect your yard for any pet waste. It’s also extremely important to keep up with pest control. Spiders, ants, roaches, mice or other rodents can turn off a potential buyer.

Don’t forget the kitchen

Some sellers in Denver underestimate the kitchen to buyers. If you have a limited budget to remodel your home before you list it, spend more of your money in the kitchen. According to HGTV, most people recoup 85 percent of what they spend in a kitchen. If you have an outdated kitchen, your Realtor could include a kitchen decorating allowance in the sales contract. Depending on the state of your kitchen, replacing hardware and appliances will save you money.

Other important factors include improving curb appeal, removing personal items such as family photos, making sure the home is well-lit and adding storage or organizational features.

At, we assist Denver-area motivated sellers who want to sell their homes at top dollar. We have experienced negotiating great deals on behalf of our clients and can share more tips for selling your home.

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