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Durango Home Seller's Checklist

In addition to the help you can expect from your realtor there are a number of things that you can do to improve your homes price and your sales process.

This checklist is full of great tips for speeding the sale and increasing the selling price of your home.

  • Determine your goals in selling.  What sales price can you settle for? How much money do you want to keep after closing?  How long can you wait to collect the proceeds and move?
  • Have a realistic Idea of Your Home's Value. Check Durango Real Estate Listings to see what others are asking. Remember that these are not sales prices. So be ready to negotiate. Your Realtor will have an idea of your home's value, but be sure to familiarize yourself with competing properties.
  • Get an expert's Advice on your home's value. An appraisal is the best analysis, but can cost $500 or more. Contact Garth for a free market analysis on your home.
  • Plan your next home.  Where will you move?  Do you have a solution if your house closes before you find your next home?
  • List the problems with your property.  You will want to discuss possible improvements with your realtor.  See our list of profitable home improvements.  There is no point in trying to cover up problems.  As a seller you will be required to sign a legal document disclosing any known problems with your property.
  • Select the Right realtor for your listing agent.
  • With your listing agreement signed, your realtor can begin to promote your property. As soon as your property hits the MLS you should start to get inquiries.
  • Double check with your realtor about their marketing plans beyond the MLS.  Review those publications and promotions to see that your property is represented accurately and to your satisfaction.
  • As a seller you may consider hiring your own home inspector.  Especially if your home is in good condition, a professional home inspection can give confidence to a prospective buyer.  Review the professional home inspectors that we regularly work with.
  • Prepare your house for showing.  Apart from major improvements there are many little things that you can do to improve the selling price of your home. 
    • Plant flowers and improve landscaping in front to improve curb appeal and help your property make the best possible  first impression.
    • Trim the plants & shrubs.  Make your green areas show that the entire property is loved and well taken care of.
    • Paint the inside where needed.  Make the buyer feel they can move right in.
    • Clean all your windows making you home sunnier and more inviting.
    • Keep all your rooms neat and clean
    • Remove as much clutter as you can stand to do without.
    • Dust or polish anything you don’t remove.  Make the buyer think that “living is easy” in your home.

When you contact a listing agent, the preparations on this checklist will save you considerable time and increase the chances of getting the very best price for your property.

For more information on choosing the right realtor be sure to visit our page on Choosing the Right Listing Agent.

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