People love to give advice when it comes to fixing up Santa Cruz real estate to put on the market. However, a lot of those suggestions can include expensive upgrades, costly renovations or pricy professional opinions that you usually don’t want to invest in a home you’re about to leave.
Don’t get frustrated! You can sell your home fast without all the fancy fixer-uppers. With the help of your Realtor and a little hard work, the tips below will increase your home’s appeal to a wide variety of buyers without breaking the bank.
• Improve the curb appeal. You not only need to stage the inside of Santa Cruz real estate, but also the outside. Trim hedges, maintain the lawn, power wash the walls and try to inject some color with a simple holiday wreath or festive greenery. If buyers don’t like the look of the yard, then they might not even step foot inside.
• Lighten up the place. Open all the windows, replace any burnt-out bulbs and consider adding outdoor lighting to your landscaping. Extra sunlight provides an airy feeling while interior lights provide a cozy glow. Also, keep the home lit until you go to bed in case potential buyers drive by in the evening; it’ll look cheery instead of dark and gloomy.
• Store any unnecessary furniture and personal objects. Less is more when it comes to showing your home — less to distract buyers and to keep clean. Pack up nick knacks, stacks of books and you children’s fridge-covering artwork and put them in storage. Be sure not to throw it all in closets because you’ll want those clutter-free as well.
• Paint a pretty home. A new coat of paint will freshen up any room, but be sure and stick to neutrals like warm grays and tans. Also consider repainting any rooms in which you used bright, fun colors. You don’t want buyers to get diverted from the potential of the home by focusing on things they’ll want to immediately change.
If you’d like more inexpensive staging tips to sell your Santa Cruz real estate fast, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com.
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