Question:  Allison, we are ready to put our condo in Frisco, CO on the market, and we know we have a lot “de-cluttering” to do before it is ready.  What suggestions do you have for us?

Answer:  First off, good for you for asking!  And know that you are two steps ahead of a lot of your competition by getting your place “parade ready” before you put it on the market.  I always say that if you had a float in a parade, you wouldn’t drive it down Main Street saying, “Well, it’s going to look a lot better when we finish.  We are planning to put some more flowers on that part of the float, and we will clean up that bit.  Sorry about the squeaky wheels.  We’ll get that fixed later.”  No, you wouldn’t say that and it’s the same with selling real estate – You have to be “Parade Ready” from the get go! 

Another phrase that should help you is from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Jan/Feb 2013 issue:   I love this phrase, “Adopt the ‘Hotel Philosophy’ to Stage Your Home”. A house is not staged to sell the same way it is staged to live in. When you decorate to live in your home, it is visually appealing as well as functional for your needs, interests, tastes and lifestyle. However, when you stage to sell, stage your home to look like a luxury hotel. In a hotel, you carry in a small bag of personal belongings…everything else you need is there and no unnecessary items clutter the space. Everything is neat, clean and nothing is out of place…the bathroom sparkles, the floors are spotless, the beds are made, and there is no indication that any pet has ever crossed the threshold! Pare down to the essentials! All small personal decorates should be replaced with a single impact piece (no more than one) per room. Remove all personal mementos, family photographs, refrigerator magnets and similar items. Opt for lots of space and clear surfaces.

So, as your set the stage for your home to sell, ask yourself, “Does this room pass the ‘Hotel Test’? Can a buyer imagine bringing their personal items and living here comfortably? If the answer is yes, you have a properly staged home….and you have improved the odds that your home will sell faster and command a better price!

Good luck!

For answers to your real estate questions, call Allison at 970-468-6800. Email - [email protected]. Her philosophy is simple, whether buying or selling, she understands that the most important real estate transaction is yours.  Want to know the value of your Summit County property? Visit www.SummitHomeValue.com