First Impressions Count!
You may not be able to tell a book by its cover, but you’ll likely pay more for a book if the cover is charming and attractive! If your home is soon to be, or currently for sale, making a great first impression on potential buyers is extremely important. Believe it or not, a mere paint job could be the difference between selling your home for above and at asking price. For a handy list on how to impress potential buyers, keep reading!
Fantastic First Impression Checklist:
- Get outside! Clean up your front lawn by trimming the grass, removing dead brush and branches, pruning plants, and throwing out old furniture.
- Tidy up your front door and lintels. If necessary, paint them! Find some popular front door paint colors here.
- Hire a professional cleaner to steam carpets, especially if it’s staying for the new tenants.
- Check every light switch and replace all burnt-out lightbulbs. Prospects will be checking these off of their list when viewing the home. Decent lighting can make a huge difference in your home, and make the space more bright and airy.
- Caulk your sinks and tub to freshen up your bathroom and prevent leaks.
- Clear cabinets and drawers of any embarrassing items. Buyers might look in every nook and cranny.
- Try to find a temporary home for your pet during showings. Some people have allergies and nobody wants to be barked at or afraid to let the cat out.
- Organize and remove clutter from closets and storage spaces. You can donate unwanted items to local charities. De-cluttering will open up your space and it means less to move later.
- Check your home for leaks. It’s important to show that the home is well cared for and buyers are more likely to settle for a home that’s move-in ready.
- Ask your realtor for tips on how to make your home stand out compared to others in your area. They can schedule a walk-through and provide their professional opinion on how to stage and prepare your home.
Thinking of selling your home and want a little more information? Give us a call at 562-896-2456, we’re happy to help!