How to Impress Mission Viejo Home Buyers

Custom KitchenHow far will you go when getting your house ready to sell to well-qualified Mission Viejo home buyers?  How will you figure out which projects will net you the most money back in your pocket?  What is the right order to complete all the work needed to make your house as attractive as possible to Mission Viejo home buyers?  How do you keep from being overwhelmed at the very thought of all the things you have to do to get your house ready to sell?  How will you impress more Mission Viejo home buyers than your competition?  Here’s a rundown!

I – Immaculately clean

… is the first priority.  You have to clean every inch of your house, whether you’re going to make any improvements or not.  Clean the floors, counters, cabinets, walls, closets, drawers, furniture, doors, and everything outside.  This requires more than Swiffering and running a paper towel across the surface.  This mean scrubbing, scouring, scraping and ruthlessly applying your Mr. Clean magic eraser sponges.

M – Move it

Move your collections, your personal photos, your extra kitchen ware, clothes, shoes, candles, trophies, cat hotels, and comfortably worn-in and miss-matched furniture.  You’re moving, so pack up what you plan to take with you that falls into the list above, donate what you no longer need, and put the rest in the trash.

P – Place things

…strategically.  Arrange your furniture to make your rooms look as large as possible.  Place only the colors in your very simple three color palette to accent your amenities.

R – Replace

…the outdated features of your house with the current trendy style.  This might include features like paint, wallpaper, carpet, linoleum, Formica, one inch turquoise ceramic tile, harvest gold or avocado green appliances.  You’ll replace these with California Beige paint, wood-like porcelain tile, quartz counters, and stainless steel appliances.  If your budget allows.  If you don’t have the budget to replace all of your outdated features, focus on removing wallpaper and a new, neutral coat of paint.

E – Enjoy

…all the work you’ve done.  Take a little time to pat yourself on the back.  You’ve come a long way and you’re almost to the finish line.  Keep the house

S – Stage

…your house to sell.  To the best of your physical and financial ability, the more well-staged your house is, the faster you will grab the emotions of well-qualified Mission Viejo buyers.  Enlist the services of a professional home stager, ask your Realtor for pointers, or just invite your most fashionable friends over to help you make your house look as emotionally appealing as possible.  You only get one chance to make a first impression.

S – Shoot

…the photos.  You’ve got this.  Lights, camera, action.  The photographs are the most critical piece of marketing material for your house.  This is where you make the images which will make your first impression on more than a million websites.  When the professional real estate photographer shows up, you’ll be happy to hear that all the work you’ve done has already impressed the photographer.  This is a really good sign that you’ve done all the right things to market your house.

There you have it. This is the recipe to impress Mission Viejo home buyers.


I’m Leslie Eskildsen, Realtor.

Call me. Text me.  949-678-3373

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Helping you make the right move in Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point, Corona Del Mar, and other Orange County communities.

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