Increase Your Value
You've probably heard about how important first impressions can be. But did you know that within 15 seconds a buyer has developed an opinion of your property?
Here are some simple steps you can take to increase the perceived value of your home and make a great first impression:
- Tidy up the grounds, porches and garage. Keep the lawn trimmed and edged. Make sure that your yard is clean. First impressions count!
- Your front door adds to that first impression - be sure it is scrubbed or repainted if necessary.
- Wash windows and clean/dust window coverings.
- If any decorating or painting is needed (especially in the kitchen), do it now! Twenty dollars worth of paint will make a much larger difference in the sales price.
- Bathrooms help sell homes. Make this room sparkle.
- Illumination is like a welcome sign. Replace bulbs and turn on the lights.
- Wash dishes, make beds, put away clothes and straighten up.
- Keep pets out of the way during showings many people are allergic.
- Leave the showing to the salesperson. The salesperson knows the buyer's requirements and can best emphasize the features of your home. If possible, leave the house during a showing.
- Don't discuss anything about the sale with a potential customer. Let your agent discuss price, terms, possession and other items concerning the sale. Your agent is qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion.
- Never apologize for appearance, it either distracts or accentuates the problem.
- Pack away valuables, store extra furniture, knick-knacks, guns and medicines.Look at your home objectively. Pretend you are seeing it for the first time, through a buyer's eyes.
You only have one chance to make that good first impression!