Tips for Selling in Denver’s Booming Market

We’ve all heard, or experienced in some way, how aggressive the Denver Real Estate market has been over the last few seasons. Events such as the evolving cannabis and hemp industry, the rapid growth of technology companies making head quarters in our town, and the plethora of startups that have decided to pick Denver as their home have created the perfect storm of steady population growth.

I’m sure we’ve also all felt the pains that come along with this growth be it during your morning commute or weakened cell signals however there’s a positive to all the madness. If you own a home, there’s a high chance that your year over year equity growth has sky-rocketed over the past few years. If you’re thinking about putting your house up for sale in the near future, you’re not the only one.

Here’s a few secrets that will put you ahead of the competition.

First impressions are everything

Any homeowner knows there’s a certain type of pride that we have in our home. Maybe it’s the common factor in our family memories or maybe it’s the results of hard work and your own sweat and craftsmanship regardless, chances are it’s been with you for awhile and it’s been lived in and appreciated for all it has to offer. Sometime this means the home is in “lived-in” or “well- loved” condition. The good news is that’s how it’s supposed to be. Most of us don’t live in a magazine cover worthy space 24/7/365.

Do you remember when you bought the home or heard a story of a friend who recently has and recall hearing the idea of simply “falling in love with the home?” No matter how amazing the characteristics of your home are, a bad first impression can leave you in an uphill battle for the rest of the time their in your house. I can’t tell you the number of times a client has shut off their open mindedness simply because they didn’t like the outside of the home, the front walk or the first impression they received when they opened the front door of what could be their first home. I’ve also see the flip side where clients of walked up to a home excited by what they see as they walkup or the pictures they saw online only to walk in and have their dreams crushed by a less than memorable first impression or maybe too memorable in the wrong way.

The key to getting top dollar

In our current market, the objective isn’t to have the best home with the highest price tag but rather to have the most interest. With a limited inventory the homes that sell the fastest and for the most are the ones with multiple interested parties. These are the homes with a dozen or more cars out front during showings, have you seen or heard one of these?

These buyers have seen the home, they “fell in love” and are at the point where they don’t want to “lose” it to another buyer. I’ve seen several homes that enter the market with this goal sell not just for over the list price but with guaranteed funds over the appraised price if not a strong cash offer. Wow, right? What more can you ask for when selling your house and cashing in on what’s probably your greatest investment.

As we’ve discussed, there’s an order that buyers will see your home and it’s important to consider each one before you put your house on the market.

1) Interior and Exterior pictures for the MLS

2) The exterior of your home as seen from the street

3) The front walk and exterior doors

4) The walls and view from the front door

These items make up a first impression and if you nail these experiences correctly, the rest will take care of itself!!

Inside or out?

The importance of a good first impression on buyers cannot be emphasized enough. And the first impression that potential buyers have of your home is its exterior. It’s vital to make sure that the front of your home is as well-presented as possible. Peeling or faded paint or unfinished projects will be off-putting to buyers and may well cause them to offer a lower bid or simply look elsewhere. By painting the outer walls, trim and shutter of your property can increase ‘curb appeal’ and make your home stand out from the neighbors’ houses. Often the first picture in the MLS is of the front of the home and that picture is your hook. With new listings popping up literally everyday buyers can easily scroll past your home and just outright miss it. What a shame that would be, knowing how beautiful the inside may be or what upgrades you’ve made over the years!!

Making a good first impression with a tidy exterior is important, but the interior of your home should be given just as much attention. Peeling paint, fingerprints or dark spots in high traffic areas inside your home will imply to buyers that you haven’t taken good care of the property and that there may be other problems lurking below the surface. Wallpaper usually turns potential buyers off as well because it often is designed for a niche and appeals to less people plus can be one of the first items on that “honey do-list” as an item to be removed. Previewing homes can easily become sensory overload. Make it easy for the buyers to focus on what’s important, meaning the best features of your home!!

Picking a Color

In picking a color, I can’t urge you enough to stay away from the color you’ve always wanted to try. Keep in mind the character of a neighborhood. If all the houses on the street are beige and tan, don’t paint your house pink. Common sense, right? Not for all people. The color should also reflect the landscape. Consider the shrubs and trees and any other landscaping when deciding on a color.

White is one of the safest, and most popular colors, to paint your home. According to one survey, nearly 40 percent of those questioned liked white. For one thing, white can make your house look larger. White also soaks up the light in a shady yard, and is also clean-looking. The one caution with white is it can make a home harder for buyers to picture themselves there. All I’m saying is remember that white isn’t just white; it comes in many hues.

Earth tones, Earth tones, Earth tones!! This can including shades of brown, green, blue, orange, and some reds are  warm and inviting however just as in life, moderation is key and if you stray too far from the white family just remember to be subtle and that a little color can go a long way however the operative word is little.

Now for the most important part

You’ve painted, you’ve cleaned and now what? Give Sean Savitt a call and let’s sit down and review the market around your house and get an idea of where it falls compared to the competition. I’m always happy to provide this information free of charge. My goal is help you understand and stay current with the value of your house and your best strategy for getting the most out of it.

Spring Clearing is Just Around the Corner

Think Spring Clearing, not Spring Cleaning!

With Spring comes renewed energy and ambition. Many of us take this time to revisit our New Year’s Resolutions (remember those?). If getting organized was one of your goals in 2016, here are three simple steps you can take to start getting organized today.

Step One: Stop the Incoming!

The first and best way to maintain an organized home is to stop clutter before it comes into your home! Hyper-consumerism is the culture we live in, and we have to make a conscious effort to break the cycle. Before you bring anything new into your home, ask yourself “Do I need it?” and “Do I have space for it?”. Consider how the item will be used and if you already own something you could use instead. Be strict about what you allow into your home. Once the deluge of stuff and papers slows down, you will have a good chance at winning the battle against clutter.

Step Two: Conquer the Clutter

Research has proven that 80% of the time, clutter is not due to lack of space, but to disorganization. Furthermore, orderly homes reduce housework by 40%.

Source: American Cleaning Institute

It is a true phenomenon that, after awhile, we stop seeing the things that surround us. We simply get used to things the way they are, even if the “way they are” is messy, cluttered and makes us crazy! Try this exercise – take a walk around your house and look at it with an objective eye. Do you see things that are broken, unused or outgrown? Do you have items that you find ugly or remind you of something negative? These are the items to start with. Gather them in a box and get them out of the house right now! Make a trip to your local donation center, or call to have a pickup scheduled. Remember: Focus only on your own stuff! You cannot get rid of other people’s stuff without permission. This is your chance to lead by example.

Step Three: Organize One Space at a Time

Clutter and disorganization happen over time, not overnight. It is not realistic to expect to have your whole home “perfect” in a day.

Start your “Spring Clearing” small, choosing one drawer or one closet to work on. Focus solely on that space and think about what purpose you want it to serve, and who will use it. It may help to draw a picture or write down your goal and post it nearby to keep you on track and motivated.

Now take everything out of the space, sorting like with like. Grouping like items together helps you see the actual volume of stuff being held in that space. You will not know you have 16 rolls of Scotch Tape until you stack them all together! Also take this moment to wipe down shelves, put down liners, rinse out containers, vacuum up crumbs.

Holding the vision in your mind or referring to your posted goals of what that space will be, decide which items will go back into the space. If an item does not serve the space’s new purpose, decide if it belongs somewhere else in your house, or if you can discard or donate it. If you have multiples of an item, decide on a reasonable number of duplicates (for example, you may want a flashlight on each floor of your home) and donate the remainders. Do not get discouraged by the feeling that you are throwing money away. Unused items cost space and time. Relieve yourself of the stress of excess and pay yourself back in uncluttered space.

Establish homes for the items returning to the space. You may want dividers or bins to separate items. Don’t become paralyzed by trying to make everything look “perfect”!  Re-purpose shoe boxes or plastic bags as containers until you have the space functioning properly. Then you can update containers according to your aesthetic.

Finally, label! Labeling not only helps keep everything organized, it also gives direction to the rest of the household and takes the burden off of one person having to be in charge of where things go.

storage closet - MM

Beyond Spring Clearing 

Start a habit of returning items to their homes daily. Set aside 10 minutes a day for family clean up time. Play fun music, or make it a game for younger children to see who can put away the most items in that time. You will be surprised at the difference a few minutes a day makes!

 

Major Mom is on a mission to combat clutter and chaos one household at a time. To learn more, visit www.majormom.biz or call 888-549-8854 to schedule your free estimate with a Major Mom Liberator. Our Organizing Store brings the Major home to you in audio lessons such as “Eleven Rewards for Downsizing Your Stuff” or our video workshop “Secret Weapon to Getting Organized”. Don’t delay – get organized today!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Oh my goodness, how did it become 2016 already? Well, lots has changed in the last year, but a lot has stayed the same too. We are still painting a ton of interiors! I still live in Highlands Ranch. BUT, we are no longer painting with earth tones, browns, or faux finishes…but I guess we stopped most of that for a while now. Fifty shades of graysh, Simply White, and Black are the new hot colors. Instead of glazing and faux finishing, we are painting lots and lots of cabinets. Yes, we can totally transform your outdated yellow oak or maple cabinets into something beautiful in about a week. But more on that in a minute.

Our team looks a lot different too. 2015 was a great year for us. We lost our project manager Ryan, which made for a lot more work for me, but it helped me tweak a few things, and get more in touch with our team. As a result of the growth we saw in 2015, we have added Kandace Rogers in our office to assist with marketing and inbound calls. Joan (or mom as many of you know), has needed some help for some time, and is excited to share our customers. In the field we have added a few new faces, and are in the process of moving Casey Rebert, one of our lead painters, into a sales and project management role. I, for one, am very excited about that, as our call volume has gone through the roof with the discovery of Facebook. Casey is very excited for the challenge, and will be taking over all sales and projects North of Hampden as of February. This will allow me more time to focus on our team, marketing and taking care of customers. The drive from Castle Rock to Broomfield is not a fun trip in our Denver Traffic.

I mentioned painting cabinets earlier, and that has been a big portion of our business over the last 6 months. The short story is that I was had an inkling in November of 2014 that painting cabinets might be a thing, but I was not happy with the process we had used up to that point. I did some research, asked other painters, and decided to buy a trailer and create a mobile spray booth. We did our first project with it in December 2014, and it was a huge success. We have continued to tweak the system, investigated what was going to be the BEST product to use, and we have nailed it! We now have FOUR trailers, and I will be shopping soon for the next one. So, if you are interested in upgrading your kitchen, there has never been a better time.

One of the other things we have decided to do this year was to start to say no to more things. We do not paint exteriors, we are not hanging wallpaper, we don’t do faux, and we will not do any staining. BUT if you need any interior painting done, we are still the BEST at that.

Moving forward, we will be adding to our blog on a regular basis (thank you Kandace!) so stay tuned for a lot of great content. We will be asking designers and other industry partners to give us their best design tips, home remodeling ideas, and other insider content to keep your home up to date and maintained. As always, we want to help you in any way we can, and if you need something done around the house but don’t know where to turn…please give us a call. If we have a resource, we will pass it on to you. Thanks for your support over the past 16+ years.