Tips to Sell Your Santa Cruz Home in the Fall

If you are getting ready to sell a home in Santa Cruz you may be wondering if selling your home in the fall is a good plan and what you might need to do to get your home ready to sell. Any time of year can be a great time to sell a home, especially in Santa Cruz County, one of California's most desirable places to live. 

Tips for Selling Your Santa Cruz Home in the Fall

Get your home ready

When you sell anything you own you want it to look its best so it will be appealing to buyers and sell quickly. Just like you would make sure your car is clean and pristine if you were to sell it, you want to do the same thing with your Santa Cruz home. You want to start your home selling plans by getting your home ready to be seen by buyers and making it appealing to them. In the same manner that you would get your home cleaned up and ready to go for a holiday party you want to make sure you are cleaning from top to bottom and getting rid of unnecessary clutter.

In addition to having it extremely clean and tidy, you want to remove personal items and make the home look like it is on display rather than someone comfortably living in the property and loving it with no plans to leave. Allowing a buyer to be able to visualize themselves living in the home instead of visualizing how you have lived in the home is a key to helping get your home sold as quickly as possible. This is the practice of staging your home. If you need some helpful advice in staging your home a local real estate agent can do wonders to help advise you on getting your home ready to be seen by potential buyers.

Use seasonal elements to help you stageTips to Sell Your Santa Cruz Home in the Fall

Making your home look warm and inviting is part of the fun process of getting it ready to show to potential buyers. You can highlight the areas that you love about the home that have helped you to live day-to-day life more easily. Additionally, you can bring in some fall decorations to help add some warmth and positive feelings about the home. A great place to add some simple fall decor is the front porch with some pumpkins and a seasonal welcome mat. A wreath on the door is also a great way to bring some color and make the space feel inviting. Curb appeal is especially important on the outside of your home because it helps a buyer decide if they want to take a further look inside the home. Adding seasonal touches brings warm feelings and makes the home feel more welcoming. It also helps a buyer get excited about how they can enjoy this new home during the season if they were to purchase it.

When using seasonal decorations you want to have the intention that less is more and neutrality is key. Keeping things simple and appealing to a wide variety of style preferences is the best way to bring in holiday decorations when selling during a certain time of the year. For example, you do not want to put out gory Halloween-themed items that could be offputting for some potential buyers. Sticking to items that most people enjoy is your safest bet.

Setting the right list price

Making sure you are pricing your home correctly is incredibly important to the success and how quickly you sell your home. Studies have shown that homes priced right at the fair market value have a higher success of selling in a better timeframe as compared to homes that are priced too low or too high. A home priced too low can cause buyers to wonder if there's something wrong with the property or if the real estate agent is trying to drum up a bidding war. A home priced too high will have buyers not even wanting to bother with the property especially as buyers are looking to get a fair deal with mortgage rates remaining higher than expected.

Market effectively with the right help

Nobody can purchase your home if they are unaware that it is for sale. Making sure you hire an expert local real estate agent to help you market your home properly is in your best interest. Hiring a real estate agent can help to take a lot of the headache and stress out of selling your home. Many homeowners who try to sell their homes on their own tend to forget certain items of selling a home legally or price their home too high hoping to retain as much profit as possible. Having a professional who focuses on selling homes just like yours every day will go far in getting your home sold quickly and for the highest price possible. Real estate agents make it their focus to know how to market a home so that the right people see it and get the home sold.

Keep your schedule flexible

During the holiday season, it can be tempting to load up your calendar with several fun holiday events. Just for this year, it is a great strategy to keep your schedule lighter and be able to be flexible. The more available you are to respond to potential offers or to show your home the better. It is going to take some time out of your schedule but it doesn't have to take all of your time. If you go into selling your home during the holiday season with a mindset of keeping your schedule a little more flexible and open then it will help this season to feel less stressful as you sell your home.

If you are considering selling your home in Santa Cruz County please contact me. I am here to help make selling your home during the fall season as stress-free as possible. Contact me anytime for any of your Santa Cruz real estate needs.

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