Author: The Moens Team

5 Things to Do Before You Sell Your Home

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Preparing your home for sale can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve lived in the house for a long time or need to sell your home quickly. Before you put your home on the market, consider these five tips to get your house – and yourself – ready for the big move.

1. Clean All the Things

A sparkling home is welcoming and attractive to buyers, and also says that your house has been well taken care of over time. Deep cleaning the kitchen, bathrooms and carpets; polishing and conditioning woodwork and cabinetry; and clearing out cabinets, closets and the garage will pay off when it’s time to sell your home. Don’t shy away from hiring professionals to do the heavy lifting here. Real estate agents like Roger and Teresa Moen can recommend the best local services and contractors to help!

2. Lighten & Brighten

A fresh coat of paint on the walls, or ceilings, can make a big difference, but are not your only options to lighten and brighten up a space. Cleaning all the windows– inside and out – and light fixtures can make your home shine. Removing heavy window treatments can add light and make rooms feel bigger. New energy-efficient light bulbs may make your home look brighter and be attractive to energy conscious buyers.

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3. Set the Stage

Take a step back and consider how the available space in your home can be best presented to potential buyers. Can a corner you currently use to store winter gear be repurposed with a desk and chair to suggest a home office? Can packing up the playroom and setting up a bed and nightstands hit the mark with people looking for an extra bedroom? While personal items in your house like family photos and knick knacks help make it your home, they may also detract from how potential buyers can visualize themselves in the house. If necessary, move some of your belongings into a storage unit.

4. Virtual Curb Appeal

Before potential buyers even pull up to your home, they’ll likely check out the property online. Great photos and videos can make a big difference in attracting the right buyers. Don’t forget traditional opportunities for making a good first impression though – trim shrubs and bushes in the front yard and consider painting or replacing your front door for maximum curb appeal.

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5. Let It Go

Take advantage of your upcoming move to discard items that you don’t want or need anymore. For pro tips on tidying up and letting go of things that don’t bring you joy, check out organizational guru Marie Kondo’s books and new Netflix series.

Before you sell your home in Breckenridge, ask experienced real estate agents like Roger and Teresa Moen for advice on what you can do to increase the value of your home and make the selling process as easy as possible. For additional tips and ideas from ReMax, check out this list of 10 Things To Do Before You Sell Your Home.

Design Trends to Avoid

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Decorating your house can be a daunting task. And when you factor in potential buyers, the task of creating a look that is timeless, practical and appealing becomes even more important. If you are renovating or redecorating and considering selling your home in Breckenridge at some point in the future, it’s important to consider what design trends will not be appealing for new buyers. Here’s a few design trends that we think should be avoided.

The All White Kitchen

The “all white kitchen” trend has been popular for a while. It looks fantastic when it is new, as it is pristine and sparkling. Nonetheless, home buyers are realizing that an all white kitchen in impractical and impossible to keep clean. The “all white” is very unforgiving, even those facetious about keeping a clean kitchen.

Secondly, while this trend is popular in the city, a white kitchen has never done well in the mountains. Mountain home buyers tend to prefer more warmth in their home furnishings.

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Chevron, Patterned Walls and Wallpaper

You’ve seen it. The chevron pattern has been all the rage as of late. The repeating pattern is visually soothing yet interesting. Nonetheless, you’ll want to avoid distinct patterns such as this, as they tend to blow in and blow out quick. A bold pattern such as chevron can be a quick way to date a house. (Think avocado green appliances.) When you decide to sell your house, this pattern may be out of style, instantly stamping a date on your renovation.

Along the same lines, we suggest avoiding bold paint colors, patterns or wallpaper. Bold design decisions are very personal, and in turn, divisive. Many potential home buyers struggle to see past their own style preferences and may be turned off. More neutral colors, and timeless patterns are a wiser choice.


There’s no debate: carpet is cheap, practical and easy to replace. It’s a good choice in rental homes, as it wears better and is cheaper to replace if damaged. Unfortunately, it is also perceived as trapping dirt and germs by new home buyers. Hardwood floors, on the contrary, are perceived as cleaner, new and fresh.

Repurposed Space

Converted garages, home offices, pet rooms are all common ways to make a home your own. Unfortunately, a potential buyer may not have the same needs as you and repurposed space can mean more work for a potential buyer. Use rooms as they were intended, whether a bedroom or a garage and allow buyers to modify to suit their own needs. Buyers are much more willing to repurpose a space themselves, instead of converting a space back to its intended purpose.

If selling your home is in the near future, we also suggest starting the process of engaging a realtor in Breckenridge to advise you. With over 20 years experience as realtors in Summit County, the Moen Team can help you make the necessary decisions to get the best price for your house. Give us a call today to discuss selling your home.

Sell Your Home in Breckenridge

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Are you considering selling your home in Breckenridge? We can help with that. The Moen Team has been buying and selling since 1997 and has extensive knowledge of our unique real estate market. If you are thinking about selling your home in Breckenridge, there are a few things you should consider.

1. What is My Home Worth?

I’m sure the first question you will ask is what is my home in Breckenridge worth. That’s an important question that will require a home valuation by a professional realtor, such as Roger and Teresa Moen. Your realtor will preview your home, research recent comparable sales in your area and advise you on a listing price. Sell Your House in Breckenridge CO Keep in mind that a professional sellers agent will not inflate the price of your home, to earn the ability to sell your house. If your house is not listed with a competitive listing price, it will be slow to sell and this helps no one.

2. Do I Need to Do Any Upgrades Before Selling My Home?

This is also an important question. Your realtor can advise you of any updates to the house that will yield a good return when you sell your home. Often, simple upgrades like painting or a minor luxury will make a big difference in the listing price or target market.

3. Presentation.

Think about the first impression your home will give. What does it look like when you drive up, also called ‘curb appeal’? If possible, brush up on the landscaping, paint the front door and make sure the walkways are shoveled and driveway plowed. Sellers agent in breckenridge coIt’s important the first impression of your house is very positive. Many potential home buyers have made a decision about a house long before they even walk through the door.

4. Timing.

While the Breckenridge real estate market is doing really well, when it comes to selling your Breckenridge home, timing is still very important. For example, many believe that the holidays are not the time to sell your home. But with triple the amount of people in town, wouldn’t that earn you the most exposure? We believe that the timing will not influence whether or not you sell your home, but who will likely be most interested in your home, and how we market it. We adjust the target market according to the season. For example, during the winter, you are likely to have home buyers that are interested in skiing or are retired. During the spring, you are more likely to see golfers or outdoor enthusiasts.

We do understand that showings and keeping the house at tip-top shape all the time can be an interruption to your holiday celebrations. To help with that, we can set “black out dates” so your family can enjoy the holidays, with only minor interruptions.

There are many factors to consider when selling your home, so its important to enlist the skills of a quality realtor as your selling agent. Give us a call today to discuss selling your house in Breckenridge.