Being centrally located in the city of Los Angeles sells itself, and the added natural privacy provided while still being accessible to areas like Studio City, West Hollywood, Los Feliz, and more gives prospective property sellers an arm and a leg up on competition elsewhere in the city. That just leaves your home itself to stage, furnish, and show to attract a hungry market.
Thankfully, you don’t need to go it alone when preparing your house for sale. The expert real estate team of Peter and Cindy Lorimer at the Corcoran Global Living Group has the experience and network to maximize your luxury home sale in the Hollywood Hills homebuying frenzy. They’ll guide you through the arduous selling process from stage to close and every step in between. Today let’s look at how to punctually prepare your prime Hollywood real estate for a substantial sale.
Give your lawn a mow and manicure
The exterior of your home is just as if not more important than the interior of your abode in terms of initial attraction. Prospective homebuyers saunter up and down sidewalks looking diligently at endless property options, which means you need to stand out from a distance. Curb appeal is king, so before you prepare your interior, spruce up your lawn, drive, and façade.
Feed and water your lawn for a lush, green spread and mow in a cross-stitch pattern for an expert landscape. Prune foliage accordingly and fix driveway cracks or repave your entry entirely if needed. If your exterior paint job is stale, revitalize it with a fresh coat in a neutral color for maximum aesthetic pleasure.
Stimulate the senses
Make your home a house
Set a sophisticated tone with professional staging
Once you’ve decluttered and deep-cleaned your home, you’re ready to introduce the artistic angle of preparation. While many may opt for do-it-yourself staging, the best option is always hiring a professional stager to get the most out of your beautiful space in an elite community such as the Hollywood Hills. Stagers may suggest a myriad of improvements, from replacing cabinetry and adding a fresh coat of paint to bringing in sleek furniture and modern accouterments, all situated to make your home as sellable as possible. On average, homes will sell 88 percent faster and for 20 percent over the listed price when a house is staged versus when it isn’t, so let’s follow the numbers here and maximize your potential with a professional touch.
Feature your fantastic views
Let there be light
Attraction to natural light is in our human nature, so make sure you’ve opened your home to all gateways for those precious photons. Make sure all windows, sliding doors, and skylights are cleaned and wiped spotless on the inside and out. Replace old lampshades and curtains with new fluorescent replacements, and even shop around for lightbulbs with a higher wattage to brighten your spaces.
Improve your kitchen to a Bobby Flay-level galley
Every room in your home is as important as the next when it comes to prepping and staging them to perfection. Unless we’re talking about the kitchen, which happens to be as important as every other room in your home combined when we’re looking at what makes or breaks a home sale. Real estate experts like Peter and Cindy Lorimer stress the fact that selling your kitchen is just this important for its daily utility and accessibility allowing residents to put the food they want to make on the table.
Designers and agents estimate that you’ll make back at least 85 percent of what you’ve invested into improving your kitchen, where the decision to leave it as it could cost you $10,000 or more on your sale if it’s outdated and or malfunctioning. Replace old appliances with sleek new modernized alternatives and invest in marble or granite countertops for a preferred cooking experience and a higher price tag at the point of sale.