There are hundreds of real estate blogs and property-selling advice articles that tell you to stage and clear clutter before putting your Santa Cruz home on the market. However, you can’t just throw everything into the closet like you might be tempted to do, because buyers will open those doors.
If you’re about to put your house on the market, take advantage of this opportunity to not only clean up the clutter — but get it out of your house for good! Then you’ll have less mess to move to your new house. You might even make a little money on the side.
• Give sentimental items to family and friends. Set aside valuable goods, still-useful furniture or family heirlooms to give to dear friends, family members and children. These are the items that others can still get joy from but that you don’t use anymore or need to purge because of downsizing.
• Have a yard sale. It’s always satisfying to get some cash for goods that you no longer need. Try to hold your yard sale on the first weekend of the month, as a lot of bargain hunters receive paychecks at the end or beginning of each month. Advertise it in your local newspaper. While having a yard sale takes quite a bit of work, you might bring in enough money to make minor improvements to your property before putting it on the market.
• Donate to a local charity. After the yard sale, pack up whatever is left and donate it to a local charity or resale store. You’ll ensure your discarded belongings get to people who could actually use them, and you’ll save money by getting a tax write-off.
Whether your Santa Cruz home is just a little cluttered or it looks like something off of “Hoarders,” take the time to clean up the clutter and actually get rid of it once and for all.
If you’d like to put your Santa Cruz home on the market, I can help you get it ready to sell. Please call me today at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com for more information.
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