Tips on Staging Your Santa Cruz Home

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 1:01am.

Whether it’s to a completely new city or just an upgrade into more square footage, for one reason or another, you’ve decided to make the move. Before you can begin the search for your future house, you need to get your Santa Cruz home on the market.

Besides hiring a real estate agent and pricing it right, the next best thing you can do to get it sold quickly is to stage.

The purpose of staging is to get rid of the clutter in your house and arrange it so that it appeals to as many buyers as possible. So, before you take photographs to post online, read over the tips below on how to show your house in its best light.

• Spruce up your curb appeal. The outside of your Santa Cruz home is the first impression buyers are going to take in — so make sure it’s a good one. Rake the leaves, shovel snow, trim the bushes, repair light fixtures and get a cheery welcome mat to greet potential buyers.

• Get rid of clutter. This might entail putting furniture in storage. You want to ensure you’re not overcrowding but highlighting the property’s unique features, such as a grand entryway or interesting fireplace.

• Depersonalize. Repaint rooms neutral colors so that buyers can envision their furniture and artwork in the space. Also, remove things you love, but aren’t necessary, like children’s paintings from the refrigerator.

• Amp up the coziness. Make sure the atmosphere is welcoming and warm for showings and open houses. Turn off overhead lights and turn on lamps. Also, light the fireplace, bake some cookies and turn up the thermostat. When selling in the winter, you don’t want buyers to get the slightest hint of a draft.

Don’t make the mistake of putting your Santa Cruz home on the market only to have to remarket or reduce the price four months later. Take the time to stage before you list, so that it catches more buyers’ eyes and sells fast.

For additional tips on staging your house for sale, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at

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