First impressions are lasting impressions. Since many buyers are unable to overcome a poor first impression, it is our job to create an initial image that will last, and lead to an offer.
Suggestions for Creating a Good First Impression:
- Weed and trim the yard, hedges and gardens
- Keep sidewalks and driveway clear of toys, snow, ice, etc.
- Brighten the home by opening curtains and shades and turning on all lights
- Straighten throw rugs and carpets
- Clean windows and all conspicuous surfaces
- Spruce up the entry
- Make sure stairways are free of clutter
- Clean the kitchen sinks, counters and appliances
- Put dishes away, empty dishwasher, and put out clean towels.
- Make sure the bathrooms are extra clean
- Make all beds and straighten the closets
- Clean the laundry area
- Ensure that all daily clutter has been put away
- Turn off TVs and radios
- Clean the fireplace
- Clean the garage and work areas
- If possible, keep pets outdoors or in the basement
- Ensure that all door hardware (locks, handles, knobs) function properly
- Repair leaky faucets
- Repair or install handrails
- Store or lock up small items and valuable items
- If possible, leave the home for all showings, taking children and pets
- If you must be present during a showing, stay out of the way
- Do not attempt to "assist" the showing agent. Trust them to do their job.
- Only allow prospects that are accompanied by an agent to view your home
- Expect a business card from anyone who shows your home
If you have any other questions about how to get the most return when selling your home, we'd be happy to answer them.