Get Your Santa Cruz Home Ready for Its Close-up

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 1:01am.

The winter season makes staging, or the concept of showing your Santa Cruz home at its best, even more important.  Follow these tips to make your home irresistible:

1. Make every surface shine: Shine bathroom fixtures, stove, refrigerator and faucets.

2. Sweep your front porch: Sweep away all those leaves stuck in the corners.

3. Clean, Clean, Clean: Everything from lamps and light fixtures to bulbs and baseboards.

4. Add fresh flowers: Put them on the entry table, dining room table and anywhere else that needs a splash of color.

5. Remove all clutter: Put it in a storage locker or a friend’s garage. Take down all your personal pictures.  Buyers want to picture their belongings in the house, not yours.

6. Burn potpourri: Or bake something to leave out for potential buyers.

7. Leave every light on:  And every interior door open.

8. Warm it up. Adjust the thermostat so your home is warm and inviting.

9. Take advantage of natural light: Encourage showings during daylight hours. Have all curtains and blinds open during the day and closed at night.

10. Wash the windows: Buyers act on first impressions; the strong winter sun can reveal grime and turn away prospective buyers.

11. Create a little atmosphere: Play music softly in the background. Tune the radio to a classical station, and turn it down so that you barely hear it in the background.

12. Show off hardwood floors: Pull up that wall-to-wall carpeting, clean the floors, store the throw rugs and show the wood!

13. Freshen the walls: At a minimum, clean the walls from top to bottom.  If they still look dingy, give them a fresh coat of paint.  That is the quickest and fastest way to freshen up a room.

14. Use the rule of 3 – Three items per surface, in every room.  Make it look uncluttered and clean by doing this.

If you are ready to sell your Santa Cruz home, I can help you get it on the market and sold.  Call me today at 831.662.6522 or email me at for more information.

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Clean, Clean, Clean

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