Without a doubt, spring is the best time of year to get your Santa Cruz home on the market and sold fast. The reason behind this trend is understandable. Most people don’t want to look at new houses, pack everything up and move in the cold of winter. Also, families want to wait until the kids get out of school for the summer, so they’ll start shopping in the spring. Thus, when the warm weather returns, so do the buyers in the real estate market.
Before your real estate agent lists your Santa Cruz home, it’s essential for it to look its best. Examine your living space and see it as a buyer would — then double check this list of staging tips to make sure you haven’t overlooked any important details.
• Clear out the clutter. Tidy up counter tops, bookcases, garages and closets.
• Pack up your beautiful things. Personal photos and knick-knacks should be boxed up for moving day.
• Get a storage unit. Open up space by moving furniture and boxes into storage — it will make the rooms appear bigger.
• Remove appliances and fixtures that you want to keep. If you are taking the dining room chandelier or the built-in microwave, remove them before the house goes on the market.
• Make minor repairs. Check that faucets don’t leak, doors close properly and holes in the walls are patched.
• Make it pretty! Windows, floors and bathrooms should be sparkling. Dust every surface, hang up fresh towels in the bathroom and make sure there are no lingering odors.
• Don’t forget the yard. Curb appeal starts at the curb — go figure — so mow the yard, wash down walkways and place yellow flowers near the front door to trigger the emotion to buy.
There are a hundred different ways to give your Santa Cruz home an advantage over the competition in the spring buying market. The better your property looks, the faster it’s going to sell.
Please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com for more information about how to get your property ready to sell!
For additional real estate information, please visit my home page at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.