How to Decide Which Offer is Best When Selling Your House

Selling a home can be a very exciting process, especially as the offers start rolling in. But just because an offer comes in first doesn’t mean it’s the best one. The highest offer also does not always equate to the best offer either.

There are a number of factors and considerations you should keep in mind when reviewing offers for your house.

Payment Type:  The first thing you should do when looking at offers is check out the payment type. Most buyers will not choose to purchase in cash, but offers that are all cash are often the safest offers since sellers don’t have to worry about loan approvals by banks.

Pre-Approval Status:  Pre-approval is another important element to consider when selling a house. Essentially, a letter of pre-approval means a buyer will be able to get the loan they need to purchase your house.
This makes these types of offers safer (and stronger) than from people who are not pre-approved. Do keep in mind there’s a difference between pre-qualification and pre-approval.

Repairs: Your house might need some repairs, but maybe you don’t have the time or money to do them. This makes a buyer who is willing to do the work an attractive one when it comes to selling. Some buyers will ask you to fix things in the house, while others will want to do the work themselves.
Taking this into consideration can save you a lot of time and hassle when it comes to reviewing offers.

Additionally, some buyers will want you to take all the appliances, while others will want to use them. Items like refrigerators and washers can be expensive, so keep this in mind when it comes to reviewing offers.

Contingencies: A lot of offers will come with contingencies attached, which are a list of things that have to happen at certain times in order for the deal to actually go through. For the seller, fewer contingencies are always better, so it’s important to carefully review all contingencies in each offer.
More common ones include inspection, financing, and appraisal. Some buyers will put in a clause to back out of a deal if an inspection reveals too many problems, so be sure to read the fine print of each offer and weigh options accordingly.

Types of Loan Buyers will probably come towards you with a variety of mortgages under their belt, and this can lead to very different circumstances for the seller. Conventional loans are popular because they are pretty simple, but some government-backed ones can get a bit complicated since they require specific approvals and repairs at times. Make sure to keep the loan type in mind as you are reviewing offers, since this can add a lot of time and stress to the entire process.

Closing Timeline:  When you are selling a home, you’re probably just
ready to get a deal done and move on to buying your new home. Buyers who come with all cash offers will probably then be the best bet for you, even if the price is a bit below other offers.

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However, if your plans somewhere else are not yet clear, then you might need an extended closing timeline with a buyer who is willing to take more time. This gives you more of a chance to prepare to buy a new home, and gives the buyer more of a chance to potentially find more money for their own expenses.

Overall, there are a number of things to keep in mind when reviewing offers for your home. Price does matter, and this might be the most important factor for you, but some offers come with a lot of risks that makes them more of a hassle, even if you are getting more money upfront.

Are you in the market to purchase a home in Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, or Mission Viejo? Click here to talk to the Kovacs Connection Team today!

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How to Photograph Your Home for Sale in Coto de Caza

Learning how best to photograph your home for sale in Coto de Caza is probably the most important thing you can do after finding a good realtor. Granted, a good realtor should have a photography staff already on hand, but knowing how to best showcase your home if you’re putting up your own pictures is important.

There are some very quick and easy tasks that you can set out to do today that will hopefully give you a spike in interest as soon as you post your incredible photographs.

  1. Highlight the Space and Lighting

Optimizing your home for the most available light and space isn’t just important for the showings. Opening up and lighting the rooms of your home for sale in Coto de Caza is one of the most talked about and stressed points of photography.

Getting rid of or packing up some of your belongings to cut down on clutter is a huge help when you are behind the camera. It exaggerates the space in a home when fewer objects are cluttering up a shot.

Also, lighting is important and the best light you can have is natural light. If you have windows, get them open and unobstructed for your photo shoot. In the case of rooms with poor or no natural light, bright bulbs and a great flash will help create the same effect!

  1. Don’t Use Effects

Instagram has taught us that the filters and effects are the best things you can do to gain notoriety. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply in real estate photography.

You want things looking as open and lit up as possible, but you don’t want to use artificial effects to do it. That includes using effects like the fisheye or wide lenses.

When you view a home online and it looks absolutely massive due to a wide lens or fisheye effect, and see that it is much smaller in person, you’ll be disappointed. Disappointment leads to buyers feeling lied to, and a lied to buyer is no longer a buyer.

False advertisement is one of the largest deterrents to a prospective buyer because it opens up a whole host of other questions about your credibility.

“If they’re willing to lie about the size of the house, I wonder if they’re lying about the condition of the foundation.” Replace foundation, with pipes, water heater, and anything else you can think of and that’s what is going on in the buyers’ mind.

Don’t sabotage your chances of selling your home by trying to present it as something that it isn’t. Instead, be honest and forthcoming about your home’s size. Just because it may be smaller, doesn’t mean that you can’t highlight other aspects of it. Tell them about the proximity to the beach, parks, schools, and how Dave next door has the best Super Bowl parties!

These are the things that sell a small house, the truth about how amazing it is to live near all the amazing things and people nearby.

  1. Hire a Professional

If you aren’t a professional photographer, chances are you aren’t going to be able to give your home the fair shake it deserves. When I go to weddings, I think my photographs are great!

Then I see the professional photographs and I quietly start deleting most of my photos off of my phone. The pros don’t just have better equipment, they are better versed in getting the best angle and lighting for any situation.

Even going through a photography course doesn’t mean that you’re magically going to take incredible photos. The difference between you and the professionals come down to one huge difference: tons and tons of experience!

When your job is to take photos, you do it very well. When you have an Instagram, you think you take pictures very well, but really, no one really does except the pros.

  1. Go 3D!

Having 3D images of your house may not be entirely the same as getting a photograph of your home for sale in Coto de Caza, but it is definitely something you should look into! Going 3D gives the buyer an opportunity to step inside your home without ever having to leave theirs.

This is something that has been proven to increase buyer interest, and it is starting to become more and more common. Because of this, some people don’t even consider going to look at a home unless they can do a 3D walkthrough of your home first.

Help is On the Way!

If you want to photograph your home for sale in Coto de Caza, be sure to get the Kovacs Connection on your side! If you need any advice or tips, feel to call us at 949-350-0146, or you can email us as well at We have many tips to help you and several services to offer!

4 House Staging Tips That Sell

Making your home look appealing is one of the most important things you can do to get your house sold, so you’ll likely need some house staging tips. We have more information on home staging than we could probably ever fit on paper, but there are a few broad strokes that will work wonders for your buyer’s interest levels.


Everyone thinks, “cleaning is a no-brainer” but we are talking specifically about clutter. Unfortunately for most, their prized possessions are actually cluttering up the look and feel of the home when we do a showing. Our advice is to start thinking about the home from an outside perspective, that of the potential buyers.

When you come into a home that you’re looking to possibly purchase, you typically don’t want to walk into a cramped looking home. Over time, the things we accumulate end up just taking up a significant amount of space that would be better left open for maneuvering. This is something that you should do for anyone coming into your home.

Opening up your home by decluttering the knickknacks will allow them to do two important things mentally: believe the home is bigger than it is, and start imagining their items cluttering everything up! That may sound silly, but it is exactly what people want to do when they purchase a home to make it feel like their own.

Make It Neutral

The color of your paint and decor can actually go a long way. These days, a lot more colors are considered to be neutral because of their ability to work well in any setting. I grew up with off-white walls, but nowadays tans, honey, and soft blue-greens have made a lasting mark on home staging decor.

One thing to note, the appeal of the home seems to go down with overly bright colored walls. This could be for a number of reasons, and honestly, research into the matter isn’t too clear, but for whatever reason, it acts as a repellent. So when you’re sprucing up your home, keep the colors warm and inviting rather than shocking and eye-catching to keep your interest levels higher.

Mix Your Walls Up

We mentioned keeping the walls simple for a great reason, what the color of the walls doesn’t do, artwork can! As far as house staging tips go, some well-placed artwork is a heavy hitter. Oddly enough, buyers often remember a home by a particular art piece, and even if the home doesn’t come with it, they mentally pretend it does.

The takeaway here is, use art to your full advantage. Buying different shapes of canvases like original and split canvas, contrasting themes, and unique color schemes to put in the rooms of your home is an absolute must. The eye appeal will increase the interest of any buyer.

A word of advice: if you don’t have any artwork and want to purchase some, get the help of your realtor to keep things looking classy. They also may have staging artwork, and that is a great option. Not only is it faster, but it’s more cost effective.

The biggest advantage to buying beautiful pieces yourself is that you get to keep them for your new home and keep that in mind when you’re shopping as well. These paintings should look good, but also be something that you’d want to see around every day in your new home.

Be A Little Odd

This is one of those house staging tips that makes you wonder how much time people put into researching the subject, but odd numbers sell better than even numbers. At least, when it comes to decorating your home for a staging. Why this is, we aren’t sure, but the fact is that it does sell.

Performing two showings with the same home, when the number of items on a table setting was changed from even to an odd number, it was better liked by clients. This seems to be the home staging secret that has eluded many people trying to do it on their own. It’s still a hard to believe fact, as most people prefer to buy items in round numbers. The proof shows, however, that even though we’d rather buy four plates, we’d rather see five items on a coffee table.

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4 Tips on Marketing Your Home in Rancho Santa Margarita

There are few things more important when selling a house than learning about marketing your home in Rancho Santa Margarita. Properly marketing your house is a game changer. A good marketing campaign can have your property sold in days instead of months!

We’ve compiled a few tips to help you get started in the right direction.

Get Online

It is said that up to 90% of all home buyers research homes online before ever going out and looking at one. It has been admitted by the online viewers that if a home’s online presence is weak, they won’t ever go to view it in person. That is nine out of 10 people you’re missing out on if you’re listing is not online!

What’s worse, if your listing is up but looks bad, those same nine people will move past your listing. You need to make sure that your listing has well-done pictures, and at least 6 or more to properly showcase the high points of your home.

One thing you need do is to make sure that you find a realtor that knows what they’re doing in when marketing your home. While interviewing realtors, it’s not a bad idea to check out their other listings to see what they’re doing for other clients.

Social Media Is Your Friend

Facebook is definitely the heavy hitter as far as social media is considered, especially for putting your listing up and spreading the word to people you may know that are looking for a new home. The reason that it is better than other forms of social media is that there isn’t a character count that you have to stay under and since it has been around so long almost everyone has it!

One tool that some people have incorporated in their posts is taking a video of their home and the environment to better give buyers an idea of the home and people in the neighborhood. It is successful because it personalizes the home by showing them the neighbors they’ll be living with and the cool things there are to do in the area. An exceptional video shows the home, the neighborhood, and things around the area that your family enjoys doing.

Always Be Accessible

Marketing your home in Coto De Caza is all about being accessible. So try to have your property fixed up and show ready at least during the daylight hours. This is crucial because the job market is changing and people are now becoming available at times that they weren’t able to be in years past. Being able to show your home off at virtually anytime makes you a huge threat to any competing houses in town.

We aren’t trying to push for you to be able to show your home in the middle of the night, but being more available than everyone else will do worlds of good for your selling speed.

Following Your Agents Advice

Let’s be honest; everyone wants to get a real estate agent to help them market and sell their home until they give you unpopular advice. This can come in many shapes or forms. Often your home needs to be fixed up, whether that means repaving your driveway or fixing up some structural damage. This is going to cost you some money to fix, which no one wants, but it will make you more money when you find the right buyer, and they aren’t deducting from your price for repairs that need to be done.

Another unpopular piece of advice to follow is getting rid of your prized possessions. The fact is that many people don’t like the same things that you might, and seeing a home covered in (sports décor for example) can be an instant turn-off. The worst part is that your home may have everything that they are looking for, but the decorations of your home have them making excuses as to why it won’t work out.

our realtor isn’t trying to get you to throw everything you love away just to sell your home, but packing it up in order to make a sale isn’t a bad idea. The personal touch here and there is great, but follow the advice on what your realtor thinks should stay and what should go because they are only doing it for your own good.

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4 Practical Home Selling Tips for Coto De Caza

It is a buyer’s market right now, so you might want to consider some home selling tips for Coto De Caza that will earn you a hefty profit. If you bought your home at a good time for the market, or have had your home for a long time, it’s the perfect time to sell your home and make your money back and then some!

Make Your Home Inviting from The Outside

The concept of curbside appeal is very popular, and for a good reason, it’s the first impression a buyer gets of your home. Not only should you make any of the foliage in the front look great, but you should also add a little flair to your front yard as well.

Front yard flowers look better when cleaned up, and they look even better with some tasteful lawn ornaments and decorative pathways leading to the front door. If your front porch has enough space, add some comfy chairs and decoration. When it looks like a nice comfortable porch that you can sit and drink lemonade on during the summer, people instantly become more interested.

When in doubt, ask your realtor for help on making your home look the best it can from the first time they walk up to it. Most realtors have the right idea when it comes to tastefully decorating your porch and walkway.

Make It Personal

Many people tell you to completely stage your home in order to increase its appeal, and that is great advice. However, it’s not exactly practical for most people. Instead of moving all of your things into storage and living out of a hotel, start getting rid of old items or storing the less important ones in the garage neatly.

This will have two main advantages; it gets you started on your future move, and it allows you to give your home a personal and professional look. Staged furniture can be great, but often times it leaves the home feeling too planned. Leaving some of your items in will give potential buyers a better idea of what it will look like when it becomes their home.

This is a fantastic idea because many people become more sentimentally attached to your home with some of your family’s belongings than they would to a home full of staged furniture. So, feel free to keep a few of your personal decorations inside, but be sure to consult with your realtor to make sure that you’re utilizing the space the best way possible.

Open Your Space

One of the other great tools that you can use after packing away the loose items in your home to look tidier, is to rearrange everything. Moving the furniture around to open up space can do wonders for the appeal of your home. Just because the furniture was functioning a certain way for you where it was doesn’t mean that it looks good that way.

Moving your furniture to open more space will make people more interested because there is a growing sentiment in America. That sentiment is “bigger is better” and that goes double for purchasing a home. Everyone wants the most for the money they’re paying, so help it make look bigger.

Other great home selling tips for Coto De Caza include utilizing mirrors and opening closets. You might have a sliding mirror on your closet, but keeping it closed so the mirror makes the room look double the size is something you should consider. On the flip side, a closet with regular doors should be left open to help exaggerate the space you have in the home.

Make It Interesting

Some home selling tips for Coto De Caza work better than others, and making your home look appealing is one that will pay off. Often times, buyers go into a home and get bored because the house looks bland or the last home was closer to what they were hoping for. This can spell disaster for you!

An uninterested buyer will walk through your home in a daze, or worse; they’ll leave without searching the entire home. You have to make each room interesting in its own way. We suggest a stylish painting or decorative piece that will strike the eye and draw people inside. Once they appreciate the decoration, they’ll be more apt to looking around and taking in what your house has to offer.

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If you’re interested in more home selling tips for Coto De Caza that will get you a sale quickly, please call us at 949-350-0146 or email us at or and we can help you get your home moving today!

5 Tips on How to Avoid a Foreclosure in Mission Viejo

Facing a foreclosure in Mission Viejo? Not to worry, just because things look bleak now, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have any options. In fact, there are a few important things that you can do to put an end to talks of a foreclosure for good.

1. Renegotiate with Your Lender

Here’s the low down fact that you may not have thought of, a foreclosure is a lot of work! No lender wants to go through mountains of paperwork and process after process if they can easily avoid it. So, your task is just that, avoid it.

Negotiating with your lenders saves them a great deal of time that they can be spending on something that will ultimately bring the company more revenue. They want to renegotiate with you because it means that they can refocus on the bigger fish. This is the easiest way to avoid a foreclosure because the lenders are actually hoping for the quickest way out of the situation, just like you.

2. Sell Quick

Selling your home is another way to avoid a foreclosure in Missions Viejo, and the best part is that if you find a good deal, you might just make some money too. This is another one of those situations where a considerable amount of time is saved on the lender’s side because they would be trying to find a buyer after foreclosing on you anyway.

A good point to remember after the lender files the NOD (Notice of Default), any legitimate offers you get from a potential buyer must be considered by them. This sale can potentially save you and them a lot of time and money. Be aggressive, if they are foreclosing you need to try to sell your home as if your life depends on it!

3. Deed in Lieu

This option is when you sign the house back over to the bank. Great, right?! Not exactly. It will still affect your credit just like a foreclosure would. This is assuming, of course, that you can get one.

Lenders don’t often grant a deed in lieu because many homeowners will turn around and sue stating that the terms were unclear and therefore didn’t know what they were signing. Also, the second or third mortgage you took out on your house would need to be paid by the lender.

Even if you can document your financial hardship, you’ve had your home on the market for a good stretch of time with no luck, and there are no liens on the house, it’s still fairly rare to see a deed in lieu granted.

4. Have Your Buyer Step Up

There are two other ways that you can save your home from a foreclosure in Mission Viejo that involves your buyer. The first is an assumption and the second is a lease-option. Both are good options but might be tricky to navigate.

An assumption will basically have your buyer pay off the end of your loan. To do this, you’ll need the lender to delete the portion of your loan that requires you to pay off the loan at the time of sale. It may sound complicated, but this is actually a much-preferred option for lenders, buyers, and sellers alike to avoid a foreclosure.

A lease-option is when your buyer, in a manner of speaking, becomes your “tenant” until they can pay an adequate down payment. This agreement is usually for those that don’t have the upfront money, have poor credit and are trying to raise it or are in the process of selling their old house in order to get the funds necessary to purchase your new home.

In any event, you’ll be using their money to aid in paying your mortgage until they can properly take over ownership. A word of caution, though, be sure that you have enough money coming in with total to pay your mortgage and for wherever you will be living while these proceedings are going on.

5. Bankruptcy

Your last ditch effort should always be bankruptcy, especially because all it really does in the case of a foreclosure Is to freeze it until a later date. The way that this will work for you is this gives you time to recover financially by the time the negotiations start for your debt repayment on the home. Don’t go it alone; you should get a bankruptcy lawyer to help you get the best deal possible!

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Fastest Way to Sell a Home in Mission Viejo

Almost everyone who wants to sell a home in Mission Viejo is trying to sell it fast. Actually, it seems to be the trend in real estate because when you decide you’re ready, you already want the process to be over with! We understand the selling process can be stressful.

Getting rid of your old property isn’t as problematic as most people think if you take some simple steps to get started. Here are a few tips to get you on the right foot.

Get A Real Estate Agent

Unless you are a practicing realtor, we suggest you get an expert to help you out. A realtor thinks about selling and buying homes all day and likely dreams about it too. This is exactly what you want!

Who would you put your money on; a person who has a home and is deciding to sell for the first time or with a realtor who sells a home every week. It’s a no brainer who would win in a competition, so hiring a pro should be number one on your list.

A seasoned realtor would also know the ins and outs of selling in Mission Viejo as well as what trends get homes sold well above the market price. Plus, the rest of the tips we’re going to suggest, they would start doing on day 1.

Get Rid of Your Pets!

Ok, not forever, but at the very least during the time that you’re trying to sell your home. Let’s face it, we all love our animals, but they can stink! Even worse, they seem to enjoy destroying your expensive things.

Even if they are the cleanest and most well-behaved dogs in the world, people don’t want to see them running around what could be their new home. Why?

They assume that they run around stinking and destroying nice things because that’s what most people complain about with their animals. Do yourself a favor, after getting your home cleaned out and ready for showing, have the animals stay with a friend or family.

The potential for damage to occur with animals is way higher than without. Plus, they will inevitably leave fur (dander) around the newly cleaned home. You never know who is going to enter your home and there is always a chance that someone might have an allergy to your beloved animal.

Those allergies are guaranteed to get them out of the house in a sneezing fit without even giving your place a decent look around. Avoid missing out on the perfect sale, send Mr. Softpaws over to Grandmas for a few weeks.

Make A Great First Impression

Making a memorable impression is one of the most important things to do when trying to sell a home in Mission Viejo. The majority of people want to buy a beautiful home that can be moved into that day if possible.

Making sure that the home looks stunning from the very second you set eyes on it from the street is step one. This means to trim and care for the foliage and even add more if possible. Bright beautifully colored flowers in the front yard can go a long way.

Next, a fresh coat of paint on the exterior is essential. Also, making a few repairs or improvements is an excellent idea. If you have a gravel driveway, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get fresh high-quality gravel or to pave it to improve its appeal.

On the inside of the house, cleanliness is the key to a fast sale. This doesn’t just mean getting a cleaning service out to get the nooks and crannies of each room. Getting your old furniture out and into storage and allowing your realtor to get staging furniture takes top priority.

As with the exterior, repairs should be done if needed. No one sees cracked bathroom tile and thinks happy thoughts. All the people looking at your home see when they see needed repairs is added money into the purchase. Don’t let that happen!

A few repairs, a fresh coat of paint, and some furniture handpicked to showcase your home’s strengths will work wonders on the interior. This is, again, why it is so important to pick a realtor that knows what they are doing. With these tips, you can be light years ahead of your competition!

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If you’re still trying to figure out the fastest way to sell a home in Mission Viejo, please call us at 949-350-0146 or email us at and we can give you more tips that can get your property moving today!

Home Staging Tips to Sell in Under a Month

One increasingly common situation we are encountering lately is clients asking for tips to sell in under a month. The reason isn’t always the same, although it’s often a job promotion in a different state or country, the necessary result is.

When you are put on a strict time limit to move on to your next location, you need your home to sell swiftly so you can stop paying a mortgage on a property you don’t even live at anymore.

Here are some tips to move your home in under a month that we have seen great success with:

Store Your Belongings

You’re going to be moving anyway, so why not just get all of your stuff put away? Let’s face it; no one likes your stuff as much as you do. Besides, a stranger looking to buy your home probably won’t appreciate your oversized foam finger collection, and it takes up a ton of space!

Get your stuff into storage as soon as possible. It will get you ready to move, and it will get you ready to sell. A good realtor will be able to stage your home with their furniture that will play up the features of your home while exaggerating the elegance of it.

This is what you want, a home that catches the eye and imagination of the buyers.

While we are on the subject, if you have already moved all of your belongings out, it might also be a great idea for you to follow suit. If you are heading somewhere for a promotion, try to get over there as soon as you possibly can to look for a new place.

This might mean staying in a hotel for a little while, but the big picture is that the realtors can get your home sparkling and set up with the staging furniture way sooner. This means they can also start your showing much earlier.

This may sound like a temporary setback, but having your home sold in a few short weeks will completely wipe away the difficulty of the situation!                                       

Home Repairs

Getting your home into storage wasn’t an easy task, but it will make finding out what services your home needs much easier. This is one of the most valuable tips to sell in under a month because very few people want to move into a house that isn’t ready to be lived in immediately, besides home flippers.

It’s best to sink the money into repairs instead of allowing the buyers to talk you down on your price because of all the work that needs to be done. Doing the repairs yourself also gives you a better understanding of what the new value of your home is, and it’s a great to list “$12,000 in recent upgrades” for the folks looking to buy your home.

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels

Everyone seems to look at the bathrooms and the kitchen with more scrutiny than the rest of the home. While the answer as to why will vary from individual to individual, the fact remains that a quick upgrade will wow all who enter your home.

Upgrades don’t need to be substantial, but they should attempt to show off the bathroom and kitchen. Giving both rooms new fixtures, polishing, and if you can afford to upgrade the countertops and flooring will instantly transform the room and have buyers asking “how much?!”

Sell Appropriately

We know you love your home, and it has been great to you, but the fact of the matter is you can’t factor your sentimental value into the price. No one wants to pay over the market price, but between the repairs and remodeling, you might be able to do just that.

This doesn’t mean you’ll be getting $300,000 over what it’s worth. In fact, you might have to take it for under what you want to move the home quickly. If you might lose money from what you originally bought the home for, ask yourself if the new job is worth the loss.

Often, moving for a career opportunity will reward you in hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your life, especially if this is just the first promotion of many. If you stand to make a considerable amount of money due to this move, then relax! You may be taking a hit up front, but you’ll be richer for in the long run.

If you’re interested in more tips to sell in under a month, contact us by giving us a call us at 949-350-0146 or emailing us at or and we can help you get your home sold today!

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The Best Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Mission Viejo Home During the Fall Season

Fall Can Be Your Friend

Typically, the best time to sell your home is during the summertime. But many people who are looking to buy in Mission Viejo look all-year long for the right house. So this fall, it’s important to showcase your home at its best, so you can get the best deal at the closing table. So our team has packed up a few home staging tips as a guideline to get the most looks at your property. Yes, we know it’s a lot of work, but you need to pack it up anyway, and this gives you a head start while increasing the value of your property


Need we say more? Yes! We can all become blind to the clutter around us.

  • Pack up your books, clothes and personal items and place them in the garage or storage unit.
  • Family photos, the kid’s artwork on the refrigerator, all of it has to go.
  • Clear out your closets! Donate what you don’t wear to charity.
  • Have a dim light? Exchange it for a brighter one.
  • Do your doors open easily? If you’re hearing creaking, fix it.
  • Hire a professional cleaning service to deep-clean your home before it’s listed.

Home Staging Tips Room by Room: Living Room

Potential homebuyers have likely seen several homes before yours. How do you make your property stand out above the rest? Space and cleanliness. The living room is usually the first room they see, so make sure it looks terrific.

  • If there is a dark corner, light it up with a lamp.
  • If the fireplace has seen better days, scrub it clean.
  • If the room looks cluttered, remove the furniture that isn’t necessary to make it look bigger.
  • Keep the room simple, with a splash of color here and there.

The Kitchen

Yes, we know this is the room you most dread to clean. But a kitchen can sell a home or kill a deal, so it’s worth your time to invest in this arduous task.

  • Box up all the dishes, flatware, cookware and glassware except one matching set.
  • Have your cabinets seen better days? Think about a fresh coat of paint or stain.
  • Honestly evaluate your appliances. Need a good cleaning? Need to be replaced with stainless steel?
  • Scrub grime from backsplashes and cabinets.
  • Clean out the pantry, leaving some empty space: makes it look bigger
  • All trash cans need to be emptied and put away


The bedroom is, by nature, a personal space. However, when you are putting your home on the market, it needs to be a place where potential homebuyers can visualize it as their personal space. So that means taking care of a few things:

  • Pack up all the clothes you can to make your closets look more spacious.
  • Get a set of matching hangers to create a sense of balance and order in the closet.
  • Take away the knick-knacks that scream male or female.
  • Put your jewelry and other valuables away
  • If you have a video game console in the bedroom, put it away to create some serenity


Just like the kitchen, bathrooms can get grimy, and you may not even notice it. But a potential homebuyer who walks in certainly will see it all. To get an offer on the table, consider these tasks to make your bathroom a happy place.

  • Pull on those rubber gloves and let’s get some elbow grease working to de-grime the area.
  • Re-caulk around the tile if needed
  • De-clutter (there’s that word again) your countertop, around the tub, inside the shower.
  • Throw away, pack up or store your personal products.
  • Create a luxury spa feel with soft towels, candles and plants
  • Make sure the toilets aren’t leaking or running
  • If you have hard water stains try using vinegar to remove them

Contact The Kovacs Connection to get with a realtor who can list your home, and get it from ‘Listed’ to ‘Sold!!’

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