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Let’s Ask Katie - February 2024

Let’s Ask Katie
Expert Advice for all your Real Estate questions from Katie Machoskie

Hi Katie
Now that we’re ready to list our home, I keep hearing we need to get it ready for sale.  What exactly should I do to prepare? Marjorie and Tony, Newport Beach

Hi Marjorie and Tony,
How exciting! Below are a few tips for what I would recommend. To improve curb appeal, I would think about: 1. Landscaping: Consider adding colorful flowers, trimming bushes, and ensuring the lawn is well-maintained. 2. Exterior Repairs: Ensure that the exterior of the home is in good condition. This includes repairing and repainting any damaged siding, if necessary, and cleaning the windows and doors. 3. Home Staging: Declutter: Clear out unnecessary items and personal belongings to create a clean and spacious feel. Potential buyers should be able to envision themselves living in the home. Neutral Decor: While Orange County is known for its vibrant lifestyle, neutral decor can appeal to a wider range of buyers. Consider using soft, neutral colors for walls and decor to create a calming atmosphere. Highlight Outdoor Spaces: If the property has a patio, deck, or garden, showcase these areas to highlight the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that's so desirable in Orange County. 

How to Make the Most of the Spring Market: 1. Professional Photography: Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and natural lighting to capture stunning photos of the property. High-quality images can attract more potential buyers. 2. Highlight Outdoor Amenities: Orange County's spring weather is perfect for enjoying outdoor spaces. Showcase any outdoor amenities such as a pool, garden, or patio to demonstrate the lifestyle the property offers. 3. Market to Local Events: Consider tying in local spring events or attractions in your marketing to showcase the lifestyle opportunities available to potential buyers. If your property has a boat dock, perhaps your agent should market creatively at a boat show. These tips can help sellers make the most of the spring market in Orange County and attract potential buyers to their properties.


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