Sellers: Where to Spend Your Pre-listing Dollars

Dated: January 5 2021

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 Where to Spend Your Dollars to Sell Your Home

If a property is not marketed “as Is” or “fixer-upper, sellers should understand buyers expect the condition of the property to be pretty close to perfect. The home’s curb appeal should be maximized. Its interior should be clean, uncluttered, and as spacious looking as possible. Things that “aren’t quite right” need to be fixed. Plus, there are upgrades that buyers especially value today, to up the price and speed the sale. Here are some worthwhile ways to spend pre-listing dollars.

 Spruce up the exterior. The curb appeal is the first impression and “feeling” a buyer gets when looking at your home. Sellers should freshen up the yard—rake leaves, mow grass, trim shrubs, clear gutters, touch up peeling paint, clean, and, if necessary, paint fences. Consider a new mailbox, new house numbers, and fixing cracks in paths and driveways. With the days becoming shorter, make sure outside lights work including decorative lights. The front door should look freshly painted, void of dirt and scratches.

Rent a storage space. Decluttering a home often means removing items and furniture sellers want to keep, to make the home feel more spacious. The easiest way to deal with this is to rent a storage unit to keep these things until the final move.  When done decluttering, have sellers clean and disinfect all rooms.

Make everything function as new. All appliances, door hinges, doorknobs, windows, and light fixtures should work without a hitch.

Paint rooms that need it.  Paint dark-colored rooms.  Better yet, paint the whole house in the same light neutral color or slight variations of it. This gives the home a feeling of continuity, removes visual choppiness from one room to the next, and improves the sense of a cohesive design.

Add today’s most wanted upgrades. With people spending more time working, schooling, and just living at home, buyers key in on four big upgrades:

1.  Real home office space for one or two adults.

2.  Classroom space.

3.  A functional kitchen as the center of home activity.

4.  Inviting outdoor spaces, such as a deck, patio, or screened porch.


Pay for a pre-listing inspection. Having sellers pay for a quality inspection up front has always been a good idea to avoid an incompetent inspection that could sabotage a sale. Today, a pre-listing inspection makes even more sense, as it lets sellers’ control who comes into the home and assures buyers of a home’s condition without having to set foot in it.

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 Tamara Whelpley has lived and worked in Denver for over 30 years and is an expert in Washington Park, Cherry Creek, Highlands and throughout the Denver corridor. Consulting is her top priority.  She is your advisor and advocate and understands the importance of communication throughout the real estate process.   She is well versed in multimillion-dollar sales and first-time homebuyers.   She is also well informed and experienced on where to ski, bike, hike, golf, and dine at the new upscale restaurants throughout beautiful Denver, ColoradoTamara is a trained auctioneer and would be happy to discuss the benefits of buying and selling real estate at auction in a hot market.   Visit her website to be linked directly to the best information on real estate in Denver. 

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Tamara Whelpley

Denver Real-Estate Concierge - Tamara Whelpley has lived and worked in Denver for over 30 years and is an expert in the Washington Park, Cherry Creek Highlands and throughout the Denver corridor. Tam....

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