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How to Prepare Your Westgate Home For Sale

Below is your Prioritized List of how to prepare your Westgate home for sale based on which qualities of homes the last 100 home buyers paid the most to attain.
As you read this article, the easy thing to remember is that knowing which qualities buyers pay the most to attain allows you to: 1) effectively prepare your home for market while not wasting time and money on upgrades your buyers do not care about, 2) market your home by triggering your buyer's emotions which triggers a higher sale price for you, and 3) get the whole process done quickly using mainly the internet.

Sell-Star answers for you why some homes sell for hundreds of dollars a square foot more than other homes in your neighborhood. You will know more about what buyers in your neighborhood pay for a home than any realtor knows.
Sell-Star Analysis of home values based on how the last 100 buyers spent their money to get what they most wanted in a home
Below are your exact priorities for preparing your Westgate home for sale based on the qualities the last 100 home buyers paid the most for. This list also helps you to market to home buyers when placing your home for sale by knowing your Westgate homebuyers' "hot buttons".

Priority #1: Expected qualities mean such a high percentage of all Westgate homes offer home buyers these qualities that not having them can harm the value of your home. Within reason, always consider adding Expected Qualities or creating a resemblance of these qualities to your home before considering adding Priorities 2 or 3 on the list below.

Priority #2: Important qualities means homes that sell for more money have more of these qualities than other homes selling for less money.

Priority #3: Value Impact qualities can make the difference for home buyers when choosing between your home and others they are considering.

Why so much detail? When you have a true understanding of what home buyers in Westgate pay the most to attain, you make smart decisions in preparing and marketing your home.

These are all honest facts derived by the Sell-Star System analyses of 100 Westgate home sales (not 3 like your typical realtor market analysis).

Qualities Home Buyers Pay More For

Why These Qualities
Are Important to You

Priority #1
Expected
Fully Fenced Lot
85% of all homes sold in Westgate have fully fenced lots
Priority #1
Expected
Double Pane Windows
73% of homes sold in Westgate provide buyers with double pane windows
Priority #1
Expected
Tile Floors
68% of Westgate homes sold provide tile floors to buyers
Priority #1
Expected
Wood Floors
About 70% of Westgate homes have hardwood floors—get yours refinished when you want to sell
Priority #1
Expected
Central Air Conditioning
Everybody wants AC and 80% of Westgate homes provide this to home buyers
Priority #1
Expected
Sprinklers Front & Rear
94% of the homes selling at the top price range have sprinklers front and back
Priority #1
Expected
Covered Deck or Patio
86% of the highest selling price homes in Westgate give buyers a covered deck or patio
Priority #1
Expected
Private Yard
90% of the top priced homes offer private back yards
Priority #1
Expected
Updated or Remodeled
Nobody likes an old beater home and 55% of Westgate homes provide buyers with remodeling
Priority #2
Important
Entrance Foyer
If you have one, great. If not, dress your entry up a bit
Priority #2
Important
Kitchen Pantry
If you have one—organize and clean it. If not, can you create a little space for one?
Priority #2
Important
Quartz Counters
Okay, a little costly. If you already have granite don't worry about this. If not, Quartz has become a very sought after quality by home buyers
Priority #2
Important
Quality Landscaping
This relates to anything and everything you can do outside. Make your entire yard inviting, private, and relaxing to be in
Priority #2
Important
Open Space Nearby
Hey, if you have it be sure to brag about it in your marketing
Priority #2
Important
Patio
If you have one make it appealing with outdoor furniture and a grill. It's too expensive to add one just before selling but can you create an area with your nicest outdoor furniture?
Priority #2
Important
Garden Area
40% of every home sold in Westgate offered buyers a garden area
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Contemporary Architecture
Over 50% of Westgate homes are traditional architecture—but 43% of the highest selling price homes were contemporary
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Home Office
Yep, with COVID and working from home this one speaks for itself
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Shed
Okay, we all have too much stuff and want somewhere to put it. Organize yours and make it a sales tool
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Built-In Features
You know—from bookshelves to entertainment areas to wainscot. This kind of detail says "home" for many architectural styles
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Five Piece Bath
Nobody wants to share a sink and homes built when Westgate was seldom have these. They're a solid way to differentiate your home
Priority #3
Value
Impact

Priorities For Preparing Your Home For Sale

Granite Counters
If you're living with Formica, jumping to granite could jump the value of your home to buyers. Nearly 40% of Westgate homes offer granite
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Master Suite
Nearly 50% of Westgate sales provided buyers with master suites
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Open Floorplan
A flowing, open home always feels nice. Maybe just remove some furniture instead of tearing out a wall
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Smoke Free
50% to 60% of the higher priced Westgate home sales were smoke free
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Insulated Garage
If you've got it, flaunt it—in your marketing
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Oversized Garage
About 20% of Westgate homes offer this and it can be a great point of differentiation. But clear it out to show it off
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Level Lot
Uh oh...Okay, this is a big argument with appraisers and real estate agents for Westgate. So let's look at the Sell-Star Facts: 30% of lower-priced sales had a level lot and 8% of upper-priced sales had a level lot.

BUT
3% of lower priced sales, 26% of mid-point priced sales, and 18% of upper-priced sales had sloped lots.

So don't listen to appraisers or realtors; they are guessing and have not done the research. Buyers are paying top dollar for flat and sloped lots.
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Near Public Transit
You can't add this to your home but you can brag about it in your marketing—for free
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Deck
Just like patios—make them feel like a fun, comfortable, inviting outdoor room
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Front Porch
If you've got a front porch, especially a covered front porch, make it a great first impression on your buyers
Priority #3
Value
Impact
Mountain View
46% of the highest priced homes sold in Westgate had mountain views. If your home does then holler it from the mountain tops
Wow, that’s a lot! Please first understand that the more of these qualities your Westgate home has the more buyers will pay for it. But you don’t need to have all of them.

Secondly, this is a complete list from 100 home sales in Westgate. To be fully accurate for your home’s analysis I need to first understand the qualities your home already has, then complete the Sell-Star analysis to guide you more precisely in preparing, marketing, and maximizing your home’s value.

In addition to the priorities listed above, before placing your home on the market always do the basics: 1) clear out non-vital stuff to make your home feel flowing and open (all rooms, closets, garage, storage building), 2) fresh paint inside and/or outside always helps sell your home, 3) if your carpet is worn or stained put in new or get rid of it and refinish your hardwood floors, 4) destroy any smells, 5) fix any mechanical and deferred maintenance problems, and 6) make your yard beautiful and inviting.

When you look through the photos and descriptions of Sold Westgate homes HERE, you'll quickly visually understand why some homes sell for much more money than others.
It is important I first know your home’s existing qualities to offer you a more customized Sell-Star experience.

It’s also important I get a chance to fully explain all these facts to you in person before you consider preparing for market or selling your home.

For example, 54% of lower-price-point homes, 52% of mid-price-point homes, and 65% of upper-price-point homes have remodeling. The higher percentage of remodeled homes in the upper-price-point homes was part of what triggered an overall increase in these homes’ value because they meet the desires of Westgate buyers better than lower and mid-price-point homes.

But note across the board over 50% of Westgate homes have a range of remodeling completed. When this happens home buyers “come to expect” an updated home—and they pay more for these homes. However, if a home has no remodeling or updating, buyers may discount a home’s value.

One thing that creates true value to Westgate buyers—and thus you when selling your home—is having a greater amount or greater quality of remodeling.

But it's also important not to "overdo" beyond what the marketplace will pay for. Understanding all of this comes with your custom Sell-Star System analysis.

Finally, I want to note that going into the first quarter of 2021 it is still an extremely hot sellers’ market. This means more home buyers looking for homes than there are homes available. 2021 may be the best real estate market ever for Westgate with record sale prices and buyers being far less picky today than they may be in the future if the market slows down or many homeowners place their homes on the market.

Thanks for reading 😊

Experience the Honesty of Sell-Star Yourself

The best way to understand just how much Sell-Star helps you while selling your home is to experience it live.

You and I sit down together and discover the truth and proof why the last 100 buyers bought the homes they did, why they paid what they did — and then let you use this knowledge to prepare, price, and profit on your own home sale.

Know more about what buyers in your neighborhood will pay for a home than any realtor knows.
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How To Market Your Westgate Home

What you say and show to your potential home buyers in your advertising is more important than where you say it.

The above list of qualities Westgate buyers pay the most to attain not only tells you how to prepare your home for sale—but also tells you which photos to display and words to use in your marketing.

To make your home preparation and marketing more perfect, you and I will sit down together to complete your customized Sell-Star System analysis. But your overview is below.

You Only Need To Advertise Your Home For Sale In Three Places

No one found the home they purchased in the newspapers, homes for sale magazines, or in direct mail.

Your three marketing venues above cover 93% of the places buyer find homes they purchase. The remaining few percentages are new home builders, for-sale-by-owners, and sales between relatives and friends.

The information on where buyers find the home they purchase is from National Association of Realtors research for 2020.
When you advertise on the the internet and in the MLS the exact photos and descriptions of what you know buyers in Westgate already pay the most to attain, you will reach all the buyers seriously looking for a home. Your actions ensure you are reaching the greatest number of qualified home buyers, maximizing your home's market value, and selling your home as quickly as possible.

Home Buyers Find You
When You Market Your Home Correctly

Through the internet and the MLS you are essentially reaching 100% of your qualified and motivated buyers seeking homes in Westgate.

Here's how to maximize your marketing:

Experience the Honesty of Sell-Star Yourself

The best way to understand just how much Sell-Star helps you while selling your home is to experience it live.

You and I sit down together and discover the truth and proof why the last 100 buyers bought the homes they did, why they paid what they did — and then let you use this knowledge to prepare, price, and profit on your own home sale.

Know more about what buyers in your neighborhood will pay for a home than any realtor knows.
Success! It will be a true pleasure presenting Sell-Star to you.
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How To Value Your Westgate Home

Of the last 100 homes selling in Westgate, the least expensive home's value was $180 per square foot and the most expensive home's value was $342 per square foot (above ground finished living area).

Explaining why some homes in Westgate sell for so much more than others is what your Sell-Star System analysis does for you.

The value of your Westgate home has two parts, all based on which qualities the last 100 buyers paid the most to attain—and which they refused to pay more for.

The first part involves determining what the last 100 buyers paid for each of the major physical qualities of: 1) style of home, 2) square feet size of home (above ground living area), 3) number of bedrooms, 4) number of bathrooms, 5) basement size, 6) square feet size of finished basement area, 7) age or year of construction of each home, 8) garage spaces, and 9) lot size in square feet.

Based on the actions of the last 100 Westgate home buyers about 55% of the value of your home comes from specific combinations of these nine physical qualities.
Percentage of Westgate home values based on physical qualities
Results from Sell-Star show more specifically, the greatest contribution of value comes from: 1) style, 2) above grade square feet size, 3) percentage of basement finish, and 4) number of total bathrooms. Physical qualities not mentioned here had substantially lower affect on your home's value to buyers.
Westgate percentage of value from physical qualities as derived by Sell-Star
In the graphic below are how the last 100 home buyers valued different styles of Westgate homes on average. Using this part of the Sell-Star analysis you see for yourself value differences as the desire for specific styles cause buyers to pay more or less for different style homes. As a note: the MLS calls home styles "levels", so what you call a ranch style the MLS calls a "one" level.
How the last 100 Westgate home buyers valued homes based on style
While particular home styles in Westgate have a value advantage on average, below are two Sell-Star graphics showing that pretty much any style of home can be at the lowest and highest ranges of price per square foot.

Why can any style of home sell at the lower or upper price range? Because the homes at the highest price points provided many additional qualities well beyond style that the pool of Westgate buyers most desire and are willing to pay more to attain. Many of these qualities are defined for you above in How to Prepare Your Westgate Home For Sale.
Westgate lower priced home stylesWestgate upper priced home styles
As a note: I truly hope you review the video below for valuing your Westgate home. Over many decades appraisers and realtors have automatically deducted value from homes when their 3 chosen comparable homes have more of some physical qualities than yours. After performing Sell-Star System analyses on hundreds of neighborhoods I can honestly tell you this is often wrong.

Appraisers and realtors make these reductions of value based on mere counts of square feet or number of bedrooms automatically with no proof these differences mattered to the last 100 buyers in Westgate.

If appraisers and realtors do not have the truth and proof of whether buyers paid more or less for homes with more or less of these physical qualities, appraisers and realtors should not make adjustments to the value of your home based on these physical qualities
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Westgate home values as derived by sell-star
if about 55% of your home's value comes from the physical qualities buyers demand, this means the remaining approximately 45% of the value of your Westgate home comes from providing the most sought after qualities from the list of Prioritized Qualities listed for you above.

The Second part of valuing your home involves determining which of hundreds of emotionally stirring qualities such as remodeled kitchen, updated bathrooms, new paint, new carpeting, professionally landscaped yard, outdoor kitchen, covered patio, and hundreds of others like these Westgate buyers paid more to attain—and which they were not willing to pay more for.

It's at this point I must stop. The only way to give you a more accurate description of how to best prepare your home for market, market your home once it's for sale, and determine your optimized home value is for me to know something about your home. I've never seen your home and don't know the qualities it already has; therefore I can't offer you the honest and fact-filled advice you deserve until I get to know more about your home.

Thank you for reading 😊

Sold Homes For The Westgate Neighborhood
Lakewood Colorado 80227

Please CLICK HERE for a complete list of sold homes in the Westgate Neighborhood, Lakewood, Colorado 80227. This is your direct link to Metro Denver MLS information on homes sold in Westgate.

This is your chance to "see what home buyers see" as they look for homes in Westgate. It's also your chance to see why buyers pay more for homes with qualities they most desire and use this to your advantage.

Experience the Honesty of Sell-Star Yourself

The best way to understand just how much Sell-Star helps you while selling your home is to experience it live.

You and I sit down together and discover the truth and proof why the last 100 buyers bought the homes they did, why they paid what they did — and then let you use this knowledge to prepare, price, and profit on your own home sale.

Know more about what buyers in your neighborhood will pay for a home than any realtor knows.
Success! It will be a true pleasure presenting Sell-Star to you.
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This Sell-Star System analysis was completed for the Westgate Neighborhood Lakewood, Colorado 80227