Setting your Orange County Home Up for Buyers
Buyers see the biggest and best now days with so many developers and model home to showcase. Competing with that may seem impossible but there are a few things the home seller can do to set your house in Irvine for the best possible showing.
Remember These First:
- Preparing your home to list
- What went wrong – knowing before your home sits on the market too long
- Five Costly Mistakes Sellers Make
Once you know what not to do and how to prepare, here are some basic staging tips. Each home is unique and needs to be treated as such but by following some simple rules, you can compete with those model homes that are drawing buyers in.
- Visit Your Competition ~ This is the best way to know what buyers are looking at and how they buy. Take notes of colors, design, decor and furniture layout. Find a home similar to yours and see how they address certain areas of the house. Simply by making your home attractive to the same type of buyers, you are likely to showcase better listing photos and get buyers in the door.
- Choose Colors Wisely ~ White is out. Black is out. You have to find something in between that doesn’t stand out but also doesn’t wash out either. Finding the right color can also come from the model homes you toured. Many homes in the Orange County area are warm and inviting or airy and fresh with light blues, warm beige’s and white trim. A fresh coat of paint on the houses outside trim and front door can also make a striking first impression.
- Remove All Personal Effect ~ OF course you don’t have to run out and purchase all new decor and furniture but you will need to make sure all personal photos are removed, collections, memorabilia, and anything that may clutter up the area OR tell the buyer too much about you. You don’t want your buyer to be so distracted by your “things” that they miss the actual house. Think of a resort hotel room. You won’t find the manager’s kids picture on the night stand.
- Create Comfortable and Calm Spaces ~ You don’t want buyers to feel rushed or awkward when touring your home. You want them to linger and feel comfortable in every room. To do this, create a sense of how that room is to be used. If it’s an office, have a pen and paper on the desk with a lamp turned on to give them impression the owner could sit down and write a letter in peace. If it’s a bedroom, give the atmosphere of a getaway location where one can relax, read and cast off the cares of the day. This can be achieved by a book with a pair of glasses sitting next to a vase of fresh flowers.
With these four tips, you can create a home that buyers will want to not only linger in, but potentially buy. Contact me anytime for more tips on your specific Irvine or Costa Mesa homes. I would be happy to assist in techniques to stage your particular home.