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Tips for preparing your home before selling

Selling a home may be an exciting idea but the moment you actually put the work into it, the process could become tedious. Thus, proper preparations are needed to put your home in the best shape possible prior to its sale. 

Here’s a list of essential tips to follow so you can make your home stand out against other homes for sale in Santa Cruz, CA:

Increase curb appeal

The first thing potential buyers see when they look at your property—be it online or in the street— is the outside. Make a lasting first impression by sprucing up your home’s exterior. Simple improvements like clearing out the lawn and repainting the walls can give your property a refreshing new look.

For more curb appeal, add some potted plants along the walkway or a flower bed underneath the windows. 

Declutter and depersonalize

Clear out your home and put away clutter like magazines, your kid’s toys, and other stuff strewn around the place. You want buyers to focus on the property itself, not the items you have in it. Removing clutter will also make your home look more spacious and get you a head start on packing.

Depersonalize by removing all items with family members’ names on them, as well as photographs, trophies, memorabilia, and the like. Having your personal items lying around will make it more difficult for buyers to imagine themselves living in the space. 

Make repairs

Before putting your property up for sale, make sure it’s in great shape. Go around the house to see what needs fixing. Some minor cosmetic issues could be misconstrued as a sign of major problems so it’s best to fix these now before buyers see them.

For a subtle makeover, you can replace all hardware like doorknobs, drawer handles, and the like to brand-new ones.

Take professional photos

Most home buyers start their property search online. With the current state of the world, you can expect more buyers to rely on online listing when finding their dream home.

Make sure your property stands out from the rest by getting it professionally photographed. A professional photographer will know how to showcase your home’s best features and show it in a flattering light.

Enlist the help of a local real estate agent

Get the most out of your sale by hiring an expert real estate agent to help you. A local real estate agent knows about the communities in the area like the back of their hand. Their expertise and in-depth knowledge of the neighborhoods is a great advantage for sellers.

Choose an agent with keen attention to detail and great customer service. The ideal real estate agent is someone who can tailor their services to best fit your needs. Look at their most recent transactions to see if they have the relevant experience. 

If you’re selling a home in Santa Cruz, get in touch with the top-producing Realtor in the county, Amber Melenudo. Let me help you achieve your real estate goals today! Get in touch with me by calling 831.661.5591 or by sending an email to amber(at)davidlyng(dotted)com.