As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression.  Getting your home ready to sell shouldn't be overwhelming.  Just focus on these three main areas to make a the biggest impact with the most buyers.

 

Street Appeal

The first thing a potential buyer sees is your front yard.  Make sure your yard and the exterior of your home shine by simply mowing and edging the lawn, trimming shrubs and a sweeping the driveway.  A fresh coat of paint for the front door or at least a good scrub can pay big dividends.  In the fall, remember to rake leaves, pine needles and debris.  In the spring and summer, plant bright annuals along the walk or in planter boxes near the front door.

Condense

The house you live in is very different than the house you sell. Remember, buyers are looking for a home to suit their personal style and family, not yours. You want a buyer to be able to visualize living in your home.  The first step is removing personal items, like photos and memorabilia.  You want to make each room look as big as possible; removing a few pieces of furniture can super-size an otherwise modest room.  As your agent, I can help you "edit" each room to make the best first impression.

Clean

Cleaning your home from top to bottom makes your home look good and tells buyers you care about your house. Clean up in the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration.  Fresh paint adds pop and value to your property. Potential buyers would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look, "with a little work."

Another great thing about cleaning; it isn’t expensive.  Some of the most common household items make the best cleaning products.  For example, baking soda removes wall marks and pet fur oils if mixed into a paste and rinsed with warm water.