Santa Cruz County Homes for Sale: 29 Inside Tasks

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 11:01pm.

Those who have never had Santa Cruz County homes for sale before often think selling is as simple as hiring an agent and putting a sign in the yard. It’s not, however, as you’ll soon discover.

The Inside of Your Home
The exterior of Santa Cruz County homes for sale is the first up-close impression buyers get.  So, when buyers make it inside, they’re one step closer to actually buying.  However, if the interior is a mess, it could blow the whole deal.

Here’s a checklist to make your home’s interior buyer ready:

  1. Make sure the front door doesn’t stick
  2. Test windows to ensure they open and close easily
  3. Wash windows inside and out
  4. Move pets and pet supplies to a temporary home
  5. Fix leaky faucets
  6. Update fixtures on your cabinet hardware and door knobs
  7. De-clutter closets and cabinets (yes, people open them!)
  8. Replace or repair cabinet doors
  9. Clean grout
  10. Wash the walls if not repainting
  11. Repair cracks or holes in the wall
  12. Paint walls a neutral color
  13. Remove personal items, such as knick-knacks and personal mementos
  14. Clean the fireplace
  15. Have the chimney professionally cleaned
  16. Remove clutter from countertops, tables and shelves
  17. Steam clean the carpets
  18. Scrub all appliances
  19. Clean cobwebs and dead bugs from light fixtures and ceiling fans
  20. Make sure every light has a working bulb
  21. Degrease the stove and oven
  22. De-clutter and clean the attic, basement and garage
  23. Make sure crawl spaces have crawl space waterproofing
  24. Remove excess furniture
  25. Rearrange remaining furniture in good proportion (Or hire a home stager)
  26. Clean the drapes
  27. Replace broken panels for electrical switches and outlets
  28. Wipe down baseboards
  29. Clean and wax linoleum floors

While each of the Santa Cruz County homes for sale is unique, with different selling points and selling problems, this list is a good start for any home.

If you’re ready to sell your home, I can help. Call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at or for more information visit my website at


Fix leaky faucets

Clean grout

Crawl space waterproofing

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