4 Tips to Get Rid of Clutter and Prepare Your Santa Cruz Home for Sale

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 at 11:23am.

Selling a home requires preparation. While there are many things to consider, one of the first things you should do is to ensure that your home makes a great first impression. That's why it's important to de-clutter in an effort to prepare your Santa Cruz home for sale.

1.  Start with the kitchen
Potential buyers will open drawers and cabinets.  So, be sure to de-clutter your pantry, cupboards and drawers. Throw away trash and unsightly items.  Organize things such as pots, dishes and utensils for a fresh, tidy appearance. 

2.  Organize your closet
We've all been there. You have company coming over and the quickest way to clean up is to throw everything in a closet. While this may be okay if you're having a visit from friends, it's not okay if you're preparing your Santa Cruz home for sale. Buyers want to see everything, so don't forget to organize your closet. Make sure all clothes are folded neatly or on hangers, and if you have carpet, make sure to vacuum.  If your closet is stuffed, remove clothing you rarely wear and either give it away, sell it or neatly store it.

3.  Make bathrooms shine
Nothing's worse than a dirty bathroom. This is an extreme turn off for buyers. You want your property to have the look of a model home. This means clearing off countertops and removing personal items, in addition to cleaning showers, bathtubs, toilets, floors and mirrors.

4.  Remember the outside
Curb appeal
is the first thing buyers see when they visit your property. If buyers view a driveway filled with kid's toys, unsightly lawn furniture and an un-kept lawn, they may turn away without bothering to go in. Pick up around the outside of your house. Plant a few flowers and keep your lawn trimmed.

These small changes can give the appearance of a well-maintained, clutter-free home. If you want your property to stand out from the competition, follow these easy steps to prepare your Santa Cruz home for sale.

Thinking of selling your home?  I specialize in selling homes in this area fast and for the most money.  Give me a call today at 831.662.6522 or email me at lauren@laurenspencer.com

 

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