When the time comes to sell your Irvine home, you must apply the adage of “less is more.” It doesn’t matter if your home is a California ranch in Woodbury or an attached townhouse in Northpark. Irvine real estate should be free of clutter when it’s on the market. If prospective buyers walk into a cluttered property, they are bound to develop second thoughts. Seasoned real estate agents will tell you the only clients who see through the clutter or pay it no mind will be flippers, and they will likely drive a hard bargain.
If you want to attract prospective buyers willing to get into bidding wars for your home, you need to entice them with a vision of a lifestyle that would generally appeal to anyone. Keep in mind that quite a few buyers seek to move into homes that offer them more space. For this reason, showing them clutter could work against you because they may feel as if they have already run out of space. Here are five recommendations you can follow to present a clutter-free home.
1. Listen to Your Real Estate Agent
When your listing agent tells you staging would be a good way to attract high bidders, pay close attention. Irvine real estate agents know how to make certain adjustments to the layout and décor of living spaces for the purpose of maximizing the sale. To this effect, if your agent suggests clearing out clutter as means of staging the listing, consider this to be sound advice.
2. Clean Your Surfaces
Take a look at your kitchen and bathroom countertops, tables, desks, and dressers. They should not only be clean but also devoid of personal items as much as possible. The idea is to present prospects with a blank slate they can visualize placing their own items on. You can leave books and decorations on shelves, but make sure they are neatly organized.
3. Hold a Garage Sale
Having a garage sale can be a smart move to make some cash before your property is listed on the market. Think about exercise equipment that is no longer used, computers you never got around to recycling, old furniture that needs to be replaced, and personal items you have not used more than once in the last few months. Any items you cannot sell can be donated or recycled.
4. Rent Storage
If you have a large amount of stuff you simply cannot get rid of, consider renting a storage unit for the time being.
5. Put Away Plants, Photos, and Cables
Withering indoor plants should be taken away or replaced by fresh ones. Family photos should not be displayed on the walls. Make sure no tangled wires or cables are exposed. This would be a good time to purchase cable organizers to make them look neat.
If you’re looking to sell or buy property in Irvine, reach out to the qualified agents at OC Residential. We can help you navigate the various challenges of selling or buying a home. Call 714-454-6304 today to schedule an appointment.