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Colorado Springs Homes and Blind Dates

by Jason Daniels

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What do listing your home for sale and going on a blind date have in common?

Buyers often want to know if they have to change out the green shag carpet in their living room, or if they really need to paint over that Scooby Doo mural in their kid’s room.

Of course you have to! Let's treat it like a blind date analogy. You go on a blind date, and the guy runs in wearing shorts and a sweatshirt, he's dripping sweat, and he's 20 minutes late because he was at the gym with the guys. He promises next time he'll be on time, wearing his best shirt and tie, and will look great, because he cleans up great.

What are the chances that you give that gentleman a second date? Probably zero!

"If your house is not presentable, buyers won't give it a second glance."

It's the same thing when a buyer comes into your home. If the house is not presentable, they're not going to give you a second chance. About half of those buyers are just going to go away. Half may be interested, but they will look at things like paint, dirty carpet, and water marks on the ceilings. They all need to be addressed, because if they see something that needs to be repaired, they'll double the cost in their mind. If the carpet is a $3,000 fix, for example, buyers will see it as a $6,000 fix, and will make a lower offer or make more demands.

To sell homes, we stage the home and hire a professional photographer. Make sure the Realtor you use provides staging tips and the photography to make your home shine. For more advice or answers to any questions about buying or selling a home in Colorado Springs, please don't hesitate to call me!

Does professional photography really make a difference in selling your home? 

I wanted to share with you today about why professional photography is important in selling your home.  Here at Jason Daniels & Associates, we hire a professional photographer for every listing.  Whether it is a condo or a castle, we want to make sure your home is presented in the best manner.  Our professional photographer uses top equipment to ensure excellent photos of the entire home.  Statistics show that if you do not have photos of the whole house, buyers will skip over it.  There are some agents out there that list homes with only 1 or 2 photos.  A large number of buyers, 92% actually, start their search online.  If your home doesn’t have plenty of professional pictures and/or virtual tours, buyers will skip over it and focus on homes they can actually get a feel for online.

It is critical to us that we have this service for clients that sell with us.  We make sure your photos will be taken with top of the line equipment to include HDR pictures of the exterior and interior of the home.  Our photographer will also stitch the pictures together into a virtual tour that is esthetically appealing to make your home stand out.  We also use the maximum number of pictures that the MLS and the other websites, such as Zillow and Trulia will allow which will help your home rank above others.

When we talk to people who haven’t sold a home, it is typically that their agent only used one or two pictures in their marketing or even takes pictures using a cell phone.  Most people’s largest investment is their home so that should be considered when hiring a real estate agent.  Make sure the agent you choose is working with a professional photographer and they are not doing it on their own.  It will make a difference.  Our homes sell for 2% more than the average in this marketplace and I know that the professional photography we use is a huge key in making that happen for us. 

If you have any questions, please give us a call.  We would love to help in any way that we can!


To see a video of Jason talking about this, please click here.

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Jason Daniels & Associates
Jason Daniels & Associates at RE/MAX Millennium
9362 Grand Cordera Pkwy Suite 100
Colorado Springs CO 80924
(719) 966-1500
(888) 351-1099