Building, Flipping and Investments in Canon City CO

Building, Flipping and Investments in Canon City CO
Building, Flipping and Investments in Canon City CO

Building, Flipping and Investments in Canon City CO

Potential sellers have been calling lately asking me to come look at their properties. Yeah! I like that! I NEED more listings!

And almost without fail I’m given a tour and told how “this is so much better than it once was, this has been changed, this has been added or about other improvements” Improvements are good – but read on…




What I’m looking for when I go to look at a property is not the curb appeal, I’m not neccessarly  looking at the fancy countertops, hardwood or exotic floors, custom window covering. Although these are important. I’m looking for what I things that might be an appraisal snag. What is the appraiser going to say?

Disclosure: I’m not an appraiser, I don’t play one on TV. Don’t think you could pay me enough to be one.

Some things that are going to add or subtract from your properties value:

What the neighbors are getting for their properties? (Comparables)
Roof condition from outside and inside
Torn or broken flooring
Peeling paint
Broken windows
Furnace condition
Water heater condition
Missing handrails
Broken or missing plumbing
Deferred maintenance
Drainage & Gutters
Old or bad wiring (Federal Pacific Box)

You might have the nicest house on the block, neighborhood or in town – Good for you. But if your house has any of the above issues and you want top dollar these things listed above need to be corrected.
You can’t correct the comparables, so don’t over build the neighborhood. If things like granite counter tops aren’t common in your area it’s going to add little if any value to your home. And if granite counter tops are common and you don’t have granite your “curb appeal” or perceived value will diminish. Same goes from hardwood floors, fireplaces, appliances etc…

Recently I was asked to go out and look at a house. It had the best, most exotic stuffs and upgraded everything. The problem so do all the neighbors. This particular house I looked at was ½ the size of every other house with in that part of the county. The problem? The owners want the same money as the neighbors. Essentially, they are asking buyers to pay twice as much for their house and the neighbors. Is it worth every dime they spent – probably, but buyers aren’t going to pay it.

I wish these TV shows would stress the basics in remodeling. Start with a “good foundation” do your home work. Research the comparables in your area before you go to the store. If you want ROI (return on investment) figure out what is going to get you the most “bang for the buck” After the basics are covered

Please contact me to list your home or property. I love listings!

Dena Stevens 719 369-9087

About Dena Stevens (719) 369.9087

Putting the ‘real’ into REALTOR since 2004

Ask about vacant land, ranch land or residential properties.

Loyalty and devotion are things buyers and sellers expect from their Realtor as well as the fiduciary responsibility of due diligence. Dena is a certified Ecobroker, focused on sustainability, energy efficiency and the environment and is a Certified Sales Professional from the Association of Home Builders.

Specialties: A client once said “you put the ‘real’ into REALTOR” to me. I took it as a complement and I’ve been using it ever since, I’m a no nonsense kind of person. I’ve been helping people buy and sell real estate since 2004.
Associate Broker
Certified Sales Professional (CSP)
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