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August 30th, 2016 at 11:00 am

home improvements

Every real estate agent will give you advice on how to get your home ready for buyers to select, inspect, and, hopefully, accept. Each region of the country has its own criteria for home maintenance and upkeep, and wise owners will keep their place in great shape to increase its appeal when it’s time to sell. Southern California is no exception, even with our mild climate that generally goes easy on exteriors and interiors.

But showing a home to prospective buyers is a team effort between buyer and agent. To get some insight, we asked a veteran REALTOR® for her tips on preparing any home for sale in SoCal. Christie D. Horn of our Del Mar office is the force behind Christie D. Horn & Associates-The Dream Team. Christie has been a top producer for six years, and she was glad to share some tips on how to choose an agent, make some home improvements, and assure a great first impression after the for-sale sign goes up.

Tasks to Do Before you Sell:

The Best Home Improvements to Make Before You Sell in Southern California:

In this region, we’re all about indoor/outdoor living, so if you have a patio that’s connected to the kitchen, even better. Have a seating area out there so the eye is drawn to it. If your home already has a dynamic outdoor space with built-ins and lots of hardscape, then you’re already there. But if it doesn’t, strategically placed seating areas help immensely, or showing prospective buyers where a fire pit could go. Do whatever you can to show them what it would be like to live there.

Above all, remember: When selling a home, we are selling a lifestyle, not just four walls and a roof.

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