Prepping Your Home to Sell
Katie Coleman, REMAX Alliance
Curb Appeal Front and Back
_____ Lawn is mowed and manicured. Get rid of weeds
_____ Trim all shrubbery, trim trees and remove dead branches, and replace/remove dying bushes
_____ Clean all outdoor furniture and paint, if needed
_____ Plant flowers, if appropriate for the season
_____ Paint front door, if needed
_____ Check that all bulbs and lights work on exterior
_____ Replace any house numbers that are in bad shape
_____ Replace mailbox, if needed.
_____ Clean all windows and screens
_____ Paint exterior, if needed. Be aware of the garage trim. It is often overlooked
_____ Clean out gutters
_____ Step back and look at your home with a critical eye.
_____ Put away blender, toaster, and other items on the countertops. Show off usable space
_____ Clean inside and outside of refrigerator, ovens, microwave, and all other appliances
_____ Replace hardware, if outdated.
_____ Fix leaky faucets
_____ Replace any damaged appliance knobs, handles, etc
_____ Organize pantry
_____ Paint, if needed
Living Room/Family Room/Den
_____ Have carpets and rugs professionally cleaned
_____ Wash windows
_____ Polish all wood
_____ Depersonalize (Photos of family can be carefully packed away)
_____ Clean ceiling fans
_____ Put away toys, magazines, etc
_____ Get rid of or put in storage excess furniture
_____ Paint, if needed
_____ Oil leather furniture
_____ Have fabric furniture professionally cleaned
_____ Take out leaf from table and use only 4 chairs
_____ Set table with nice settings and pack away any extra china, crystal, etc
_____ Add fresh flowers in lieu of artificial ones
_____ Clear out clothes and shoes you have not worn in a year. Sell or give away
_____ Pack up 50% of the rest of your clothes and shoes (Makes closet look bigger and cleaner)
_____ Check lights to make sure they are working. Replace any bulbs, fixtures, and anything else that needs to be replaced
_____ Straighten shoes
_____ If you need to, order a dumpster (check with the HOA)
_____ If you need to, get a storage unit (buyers need to see room for vehicles in a garage)
_____ Clean shelves, trashcans, and organize items to clear the center of garage
_____ Sweep and mop garage floor
_____ Make sure the garage door(s) are working and add WD-40 to any squeaky doors
_____ Invite friends to a “free garage sale” and give away items. Have your “payment” be the friends toss unwanted items in the dumpster, clean areas of the home, or help paint.
Downtown Castle Rock, Colorado
I was walking down the main area of Castle Rock, Colorado after a City Counsel meeting last night. It was dark, I had about three blocks to walk, and I felt perfectly safe. Why? It was that "small town" feel where families were also walking down the street, tweens were riding their bikes and laughing, and everyone seems to know the Police Chief...and they like him! Even better is that Denver, and all of it's benefits, is only about 10 miles away.
Benefits of a Small Town
1. Hole-in-the-wall restaurants tend to be the norm. Yes, you can find a McDonald's if you want to find one in Castle Rock, but in its quaint downtown, you are mostly going to find wonderful little individually owned places to eat. Not only does the food seem to be better but often times, if you frequent the places often enough, you actually get to know the owners.
Dining outside in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado
2. Free Parking. Anyone who has lived in a large city has had the pain of not only having a hard time finding a parking spot, but also then paying big bucks to park there when you stumble upon a space. Small towns tend to not charge for spaces (or very little if they do) and it is easier to "stumble upon" on.
3. You get to know your government...and they get to know you. As I stated before, I was coming back from a Town Counsel meeting. They had opened up issues to the public and many of the citizens who spoke were called by name before they even sat down to speak. They had gotten to know the members of the counsel and the members knew them. In a smaller town, the members have fewer people they have to hear from, "deal" with, listen to and you will likely have a better chance of being heard.
4. You can actually WALK to places near home, including work and school. Obviously this is not always the case in a town of 50,000-60,000 people, but even if you have to drive, you can get there pretty quickly even if it is "across town." Also, see number 2 above!
Fireworks over Castle Rock, Colorado
5. More family activities. Smaller towns tend to have more family festivals and activities. Castle Rock is one of those towns that still has a parade, grand openings of parks, and 4th of July celebrations which you can often times watch from your own porch!
The great thing is that you also have the benefits of a large city with museums, plays, professional football (Go, Broncos!), and concerts...as long as you can find parking!
If you would like more information about moving to Colorado and what areas, including the city, might be the best option for you, please contact me (you can text, email, or call) and we can discover what you are looking for! Let's find your castle!