First impressions are everything. You need a good first impression during a job interview otherwise you may not get the job. You need a good first impression when you meet new people, otherwise they may have an untrue prejudice towards you. First impressions are a big deal, especially when selling a home.
Most buyers will decide within 60 seconds if they’re interested in a home. 60 seconds! That’s less time than it takes to cook a microwaveable burrito. Within the time it takes for you to make that delicious snack, your buyers looking at the house have already decided if they want to consider it later. So what should you do to make a good first impression?
First off, it’s obvious, but have a clean home. A clean home is a must when you’re showing a house. You wouldn’t leave your house dirty if you had company over, so why treat a buyer any differently. So take out the trash, clear the counters, vacuum, etc. Buyers won’t remember your beautiful layout if all they can think about are the dishes in your sink. A good tip to keep in mind would be to make sure that your home is clean enough for your boss to walk through the front door.
Next, make sure your yard is in order. Mow the lawn, trim the trees, rake the leaves and pick up the dog feces. Also keep in mind to keep your pathways clear. This means sidewalks and other things in your yard and around your house. So clean up the weeds on the concrete, trim back the shrubbery and fill those pesky cracks. Good looking pathways in a good looking yard will delight buyers when they walk through them.
If you have vehicles, store them. Vehicles are culprits of clutter. This doesn’t just mean your everyday cars, this means your other stuff as well. Dirt bikes, quads, dune buggies, boats, Jet ski’s, etc should be properly placed, cleaned and out of the way. If you have these kinds of vehicles, show buyers how good it looks to have them, and how well they go with the house.
Also, keep in mind that porches, patios, decks, and balconies are focal points in some homes. Make sure they are clean, like everything else should be, and free clutter. The Furniture out there should be clean and well put together. Remove any furniture that doesn’t belong, and if you use your deck or balcony for storage, change that. A deck or a balcony can be a decision making point for a buyer.
Lastly, don’t forget the house itself. Clean gutters, spotless windows, and a power washed house will speak volumes to a potential buyer. It makes a fantastic first impression, considering some buyers make up their minds before they are even inside.
If you follow these tips, you’ll make a great first impression but you’ll do better if you call National Realty Group (951-684-2600) or visit our website, www.NationalRealtyGroup.com. We’ll fix you up with someone who can answer all the questions you have and help you make that first impression and even sell your home.