Tips for Selling Your Home on Lake Hodges, Escondido

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Tips for Selling Your Home on Lake Hodges, Escondido

If you are interested in selling your home on Lake Hodges in Escondido or anywhere else in San Diego County and beyond, you will have to be sure that your home is in "tip top" shape. This means that it has to be in great show condition: beds have to be made, dirty laundry needs to be tucked away in closed hampers, counters need to be clear, etc.

It's a challenging job to prepare your home for sale either in Lake Hodges in Escondido, or anywhere else for that matter.

Here are some helpful tips from Annie Pinsker-Brown, a home stager in Los Angeles, California about how to clean up and "stage" your bookshelves and built-in units:

1) Keep some shelves EMPTY! Remember the idea here is to show an abundance of storage space. So if you have a built-in or bookcase with lots of little shelves, it's a good idea to leave a couple empty to show your buyers they have room to grow.

2) Create balance. Try to balance each side of the built-in or each shelf on the bookcase. Don't put all your books to the left of the fireplace and all your vases or statues to the right. Spread them out to achieve balance. When you stand back to look at your work, the overall weight should feel about equal on both sides.

For bookshelves, my rule is that no shelf should be more than 1/2 full. I alternate which half I will fill on each shelf. For instance, on the top shelf I might put a plant on the right side. Below I would set out a stack of 3-4 books on the left. Don't forget to use the middle of the shelves to create variety. A low bowl or a tray with candles in the center of a shelf can be the perfect decorative item.

3) Remove personal items. I see many homes where the built-ins are chock full of family photos and the kids' trophies. Remind your sellers that buyers want to picture themselves and their family living in the home. If they are bombarded with photos of the homeowner's family, they get too involved with your personal life ("Oh, look, they vacationed in Hawaii! Oh, their son plays Little League!") and forget all about the home. We want buyers to start "mentally moving in" as soon as they walk through the door, but it's hard for them to do that when the personal photos and belongings of the current homeowners are so prominent.

If you follow Annie's tips, your home will be more appealing to buyers. And . . . that's what you want--a quick and efficient sale-so that you can be on your way and clutter up those bookshelves at your new home, wherever that may be.

If you need advice on listing your home for sale in Lake Hodges, Escondido or anywhere in San Diego County, give us a call for a FREE complementary consultation.

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Bill Ladewig - Escondido, CA
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Nice blog Melissa.  Looks like your clients get a home stager and agent in one package.

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