So you’ve made the decision to move. How much effort you put into getting your house ready to show impacts how quickly it will sell and the price you will receive. Sure, you’ve watch the HGTV shows and think you understand about staging, but do you really know how to get your house ready to show? One Mission viejo real estate broker shares his secrets.
Box It Up
You’re moving, so might as well start boxing things up and moving them out. It’s all about the optics if you want to optimize the Benjamins. A closet packed with clothing, shoes, accessories, and craft supplies looks like the house lacks storage. That same closet with a minimal amount of clothing, shoes, and accessories such as belts and purses looks larger. Much larger.
So, select a limited wardrobe and box everything else up. If your closets look large, your home will sell faster and you will be reunited with the rest of your wardrobe soon.
This applies to kitchen cabinets and countertops. A cabinet with 6 or 8 glasses and a few wine flutes looks spacious. If you open the same cabinet and see it stuffed with stemware, bar ware, tumblers and juice glasses it looks much smaller. Counter space is visually increased by simply removing appliances and knickknacks. It might not be convenient to take the toaster out, but you won’t do it long if your house sells quickly.
Linen closets also look larger with just one set of sheets and a few towels lurking within.
You can rent a storage unit or simply neatly stack boxes in the garage. However you do it, removing as much stuff as possible is the first step in getting your Mission Viejo home ready for sale.
Any Mission Viejo real estate broker worth their salt will tell you that when people view a home, they want to imagine themselves living in the space. They don’t want to look at pictures of your family. They do want to imagine their family in the space.
It’s a subtle bit of psychology, but when you leave family photos out, potential buyers start thinking about your family. They lose focus on their family and they certainly lose focus on the home. So, out go the family photos, vacation pictures, and religious memorabilia. In come the neutral tones like white or gray.
Box up your collectibles as well. Whether it’s sports, politics or the latest Hummel if it is part of your personality it needs to go.
Same goes for your personal hygiene items. They should never be in the shower unless you are in the shower with them. Gather your hygiene items into a small basket that can be hidden in a bathroom cabinet. When you shower, take the basket out, use the items you need, then return the items to the basket and the basket to its hiding place. Treat your cosmetics like your wardrobe. Minimize. Pack up what isn’t absolutely necessary.
Nothing looks messier than a tangle of wires. Whether it is from a lamp, television, or personal computer a nest of wires adds an unkempt look to a space. Use zip ties where possible to corral those wires and keep them out of site.
When photos are taken for the listing, there shouldn’t be a wire in sight.
If possible, switch to a laptop that can be easily stored or taken with you during showings. It’s the easiest way to minimize wires for speakers, monitors, and desktop computers.
Trust Your Mission Viejo Real Estate Broker
Your Mission Viejo real estate broker wants your home to sell as fast as possible for the maximum amount. Your broker has the same goals as you. But they have something you don’t, in-depth knowledge of the Mission Viejo market.
Trust your broker. When they suggest you do something, you should do it. “But I don’t like that in my house” really shouldn’t apply if you don’t want it to be your house much longer. The brokers at Inspired Realty understand what it takes to move real estate in Mission Viejo.
From staging to professional photography, landscape and design services they make sure your property looks its very best to bring you the best value.
When you’re ready to get your house ready for sale, call (949) 534-6964 and speak to the Mission Viejo real estate brokers at Inspired Realty.