Staging Tips to Set the Mood at Your Santa Cruz Home for Sale

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Sunday, March 24th, 2013 at 1:01am.

Staging is the art of preparing your Santa Cruz home for sale before showing it to prospective buyers. The point of staging is to highlight the house’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and make it more appealing.

With the right decorating techniques, you can win buyers over the moment they step through the door. Below are a few staging tips to help make your house irresistible to potential buyers.

Put everything away

The first step is to put away anything that is not essential. This will open up the house so that it appears more spacious. Even if you have to rent a storage unit, finding a new home for all of your family’s projects and debris should clear some space and help buyers imagine their own stuff in your Santa Cruz home for sale.

Get rid of clutter

Be sure to clear off the things that gather on kitchen counters and surfaces, such as old magazines and stacks of mail. Also, emptying out your closets of half of the things inside them will make them look much roomier. And look on the bright side; moving into a new house will be much easier after you have donated your unneeded items to a charity.

Fresh scents make sense

You would be surprised by how much the sense of smell comes into play when buyers are viewing a house. To avoid turning them off with pet or smoke odors, make sure you give each room a deep clean, including the air vents and carpeting. Just covering up stale odors with air fresheners won’t do the job.

Let In the light

Buyers are looking for spacious rooms with a lot of natural light, so make sure you open the blinds and turn on all the lights. If you have rooms that are a bit dark, you can add floor lamps to make them brighter or flowers to suggest sunlight.

Staging can make a big difference in how potential buyers see your Santa Cruz home for sale, so make sure you set the mood to make it as attractive as possible. Please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at for more information about staging.

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