4 Ways to Make a Great First Impression When Selling Your Home

Jun 4, 2014

When selling your home, first impressions matter. Just because your home is listed and the “For Sale” sign is firmly planted in the front lawn does not mean it will attract buyers.

A home needs to be visually appealing to encourage a sale. Even in a market where homes are selling quickly and at full asking prices, it is still crucial to spruce up your home and prove that it is worth every penny you are asking for it.

Here are four tips to help your home make a good first impression that beckons potential buyers:

1. Make an Enticing Exterior

The walk-up to your house should be inviting, not forbidding. Stay on top of your lawn mowing and driveway maintenance, and tidy up your front landscaping. This includes:

  • Moving all toys, bicycles and scooters away from the front of the house
  • Cleaning windows until they are sparkling
  • Making sure address numbers are in place and polished
  • Giving your front door, garage door and gutters a fresh coat of paint
  • Adding a few embellishments like a colorful welcome mat, a wreath for the door or a big potted plant to the side of your front door
  • Checking the roof to see if it needs repair, even if it’s cosmetic.

2. Shape Up the Interior

Once the exterior wows potential buyers, you can continue to make a great impression as they make their way inside.

For starters, clear any clutter. If you have too much furniture, put some of it in storage. Keep kitchen and bathroom countertops as clear as possible. Closets and shelves should be well-organized and give the impression that they are spacious.

Remove excess knickknacks or family photos that make the house feel like your home, instead of allowing potential buyers to picture themselves as the residents.

Clean the inside of your home from top to bottom. Dust and open all your blinds and curtains to let light in. Wash away smudges from walls and touch up the paint as necessary. Wipe down the inside and outside of your appliances and microwave. Remove ash from your fireplace. Get your carpets cleaned and vacuum your floor each morning before potential buyers view your house.

Addressing aesthetics can leave a lasting, favorable impression. So, hang fresh, clean towels in the bathrooms. Position a beautiful centerpiece in the center of your dining room table and a few potted plants in decorative containers throughout your home. Consider placing potpourri in key spots, especially if you need to eliminate pet odors or if you have a smoker in the house.

3. Check on Evening Appearance

Even if you’re positive your home is presentable during the day, double-back to the exterior and interior areas at dusk to gauge your home’s ambiance in the evening.

Ensure that the walkway is well-lit and house numbers are visible, and that outdoor lighting enhances the home’s appearance.

Inside, make sure to replace non-functioning light bulbs in fixtures and vanities, and leave key decorative or track lighting turned on so that the home does not seem dark upon entering.

4. Make Necessary Repairs

Repair anything that is broken. Cabinet doors should close properly. All your faucets should be drip-free.

Remember, you are trying to present a simple, clean, attractive, problem-free home that exudes potential—an empty, yet enticing palette for your home’s next owners.

Taking time to create a great first impression sometimes is all it takes to quickly send a offer your way.

For original article on realtor.com click here.

This article is updated from a previous version by Michele Dawson/Realty Times.

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