Updated: Oct 30
If you want buyers to be interested in your home, you need to show it in its best light. A good first impression can influence a buyer both emotionally and visually, thus prompting them to make an offer. In addition, what the buyer first sees is what they think of when they consider the asking price.
A bad first impression can dissuade a potential buyer. You do not want to give buyers the chance to use the negative first impression they have as means of negotiation.
Ask around for the opinions others have of your home. Real estate agents who see houses everyday can give solid advice on what needs to be done. What you need are objective opinions, and it’s sometimes hard to separate the personal and emotional ties you have for the home from the property itself.
Typically, there are some general fix ups that need to be done both outside and on the inside. As a seller, main items to consider are:
Curb appeal: Landscaping - Has the front yard been maintained? Are areas of the house visible to the street in good condition?
Declutter: Clean up and pack up items that you won't need already if possible. Less is more.
Cleaning: Potential buyers love it when the home is clean and smells fresh.
During a listing appointment we, the seller(s) and I, typically walk around and through the home to take a look as if we were a buyer. I'd also be happy to provide you with a checklist to go over. It will help you consider what you could do to further improve the apprearance of your home for the upcoming listing - if any.