How can you help make a positive first impression?
If your home is going to get a second look from buyers, it needs to make a good first impression. The correct staging
of your home can go a long way toward achieving a successful sale at the highest price. When you list with me, I will
go through the home with you to make sure we are putting our best foot forward to get your home sold quickly. In
the meantime, here are some tips for you to think about. You may even want to ask a neighbor or friend to walk through
the home as though they were in the market to hear their opinion. In doing this, we will be ahead of most of the sellers
(our competition) already on the market.
Try to look at your house through the buyer’s eyes as though you’ve never seen it before. And try and have the fewest obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home.
On the Outside:
- In autumn, rake the leaves; in winter, make sure there is no ice on the sidewalk or steps.
- Enhance drive-up appeal by removing clutter and cleaning stains off the drive way.
- You may want to scrub or repaint your front door.
- Touch up your exterior paint where needed.
- Keep your lawn nicely trimmed and edged.
- Remove dead and dying flowers and consider adding color.
- Trim bushes, add fresh bark or rock flowerbeds for a fresh look.
- Pick up toys, flowerpots, charcoal bags, garbage cans or any items that tend to leave a cluttered look.
- Clean out gutters/roofs, make sure they are free of debris and moss.
- Make necessary repairs to your roof if it leaks.
- Check your fence. Repair and repaint it if necessary.
- Keep windows sparkling clean and replace any windows that may have cracks in them.
Making a good impression on the inside:
- Review the house inside room by room. Paint and make repairs to walls in any rooms
- needing it, clean carpets or drapes that need it and be sure windows are clean and sparkling.
- Rearrange or remove some of the furniture if necessary to make rooms appear larger and allow buyers to imagine their own furniture in the room.
- The two most important rooms to a buyer are the kitchen and bathroom. Remove stains in the sinks and tubs. Make sure the floors have been scrubbed, and that all appliances have been well-cleaned and are in good working order.
- Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen and bathroom countertops. Set out matching towels.
- Tighten cabinet doors and lubricate squeaky or hard to open/shut doors.
- Fix leaky faucets and make sure the drains in your tub and sinks are not clogged.
- Replace the shower curtain (if needed) and clean the tile around the tub.
- Odors must be eliminated especially if you have pets, young children. If you are a smoker, consider smoking outside during the time that your home is on the market. You may not notice the smell but potential buyers do.
- Maintain the home in ready-to-show condition with beds made, clutter removed, dishes put away and so forth. Then, you're always ready for a showing as soon as you get the phone call.
When it comes time to show the property, here are some suggestions that will help make the process go more smoothly:
- Showcase your home as if you are receiving guests – Place flowers in vases, light a fire in the fireplace if it’s cold outside, and play soft background music.
- During showings open all blinds/curtains and turn on all lights.
- Make sure your pets are confined to a safe and out-of-the-way place.
- During a showing try to step out for a while. The buyer will feel more relaxed if allowed to view your home without any distractions.
- You should put away your most valuable items such as jewelry and collectibles.