If you’ve decided that it’s time to list your beautiful San Clemente real estate for sale, there are some key steps to take in order to facilitate a quick sale for top dollar.
The first step, naturally, is to hire a great real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of the market in this scenic Southern California beach town better than anyone else and will work hard toward a successful transaction.
The next thing on your checklist is to stage your home. If this is the first time you’re selling a property, this concept might be new to you. If you’re experienced at selling homes, you’ve no doubt staged a home before putting it up for sale.
Staging is a catch-all term for preparing your home, inside and out, so that it sparkles when buyers begin viewing it, either during an open house or in private showings.
When you stage the inside of your home, the goal is to give potential buyers the chance to envision themselves living in the home, with their furniture, décor, and other belongings. Think of it as giving them a blank palette to let their imaginations take over.
The steps of staging include decluttering, cleaning, painting, and doing any cosmetic repairs, and then arranging the furniture to really show off the floor plan of San Clemente homes for sale. The closer you can come to giving buyers that “wow” factor, the better chance you’ll receive some top offers from people who feel they absolutely must have your home.
San Clemente provides a great backdrop. Now it’s up to you to nail the prep work.
Benefits of staging San Clemente real estate
According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2021 Profile of Home Staging, 82% of buyers’ agents reported that staging a house helped in envisioning a residence as a future home.
The payoff is real for staging San Clemente houses for sale. The NAR’s study found that 23% of sellers’ agents reported an increase of 1% to 5% in buyers’ offers for staged homes compared to homes that hadn’t been staged. The same number of sellers’ agents, 23%, said that homes that had been staged were on the market for fewer days than homes that weren’t staged.
Tips for staging your San Clemente home for sale
Depersonalize and declutter
Buyers are going to poke and prod and peek into every available space in your home because they want to know how their belongings will fit in the home if they are lucky enough to have their offer accepted. Plus, decluttering will make your home look so much more open and inviting.
Look at it this way: decluttering gives you a head start on packing, which nobody really likes. This is a good chance to sort through your possessions and decide what goes with you when you move and what doesn’t. As you declutter, pack up whatever you want to keep and then put those boxes in storage. All the other stuff can be taken to a nearby thrift store, tossed into the recycling bin, or thrown away.
This is also when you begin to depersonalize your San Clemente real estate. Take down all those family photos and remove any other personal possessions, including children’s toys and your hobby items. Buyers will want to envision their family living in the home and will be distracted by reminders of another family. As hard as it is, it’s time to start removing yourself emotionally from the home, despite all the years of memories you have built up.
Clean every nook and cranny
Touch up the paint
Thoughtfully arrange the furniture
Arrange the furniture in the master bedroom, family room, and home office. Leave enough furniture so the home doesn’t seem bare and cold, but don’t leave so much that it feels crowded.
Light it up
Spruce up your curb appeal
If you plan to sell San Clemente real estate in the near future, let the Echelberger Group put its extensive experience in this special seaside town to work for you.