Setting the Stage to Sell Your Santa Cruz Real Estate

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 at 1:01am.

Real estate professionals call it staging, or showcasing, the best features of your home to get top dollar when you sell.  Selling your Santa Cruz real estate is a lot like romance, it pays to set the mood.

Here are some tips to make your home show ready:

1. Clear out as much furniture as you can: Donate it, put it in storage, or have a garage sale. Your home needs to look spacious, not cluttered.

2. Nix the cigarettes: Buyers are sensitive to cigarette smells.  Many buyers will not even tour a home if they smell cigarette smoke.

3. Let there be light: Open the blinds and turn on the lights.  If the whole house is dark, that’s a problem.

4. Get a home inspection: Do it now so you’re aware of any problems and can make any necessary repairs -- before you put it on the market.

5. Learn to love white walls: Color is popular, but the next buyer may not like your colors. Stick with neutrals that allow the potential buyer to picture their furniture in your home.

6. Look closely at the carpet: Have carpets shampooed to get out any stains and smells. Replace it if that does not work.  Don’t forget to keep colors neutral as well.

7. Clean out closets: Partially empty closets and cabinets spell “roomy” and sell space to potential buyers.  Sell or put in storage any clothing that is not being worn.  Donate extra clothes or surplus food and you won’t have to move it to your new home.

8. Keep it clean:  No dust, cobwebs or trash.  Potential buyers of your Santa Cruz real estate are very observant.

9. Harness flower power: Plant bright colored flowers outside and put flowers inside in vases, on a kitchen table or on the mantle.  Flowers make buyers think the home owner is someone who cares about the small things.

Thinking of selling your home? Call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at  I’m ready to sell your Santa Cruz real estate for you.

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Nix the cigarettes

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About Lauren Spencer

Award-Winning Santa Cruz REALTOR®

Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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