Great First Impressions!

Making the Best First Impression

You never get a second chance to make a first impression! Here are a few tips on creating an atmosphere to charm buyers, create a competitive edge and create a lasting impression.

The front door greets the prospect. Make sure it is fresh and clean looking. Keep lawn trimmed and edged. Add seasonal and tropical landscape and keep the yard, walk ways, steps and driveway free of refuse and debris.

Decorate for a quick sale. Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. Cleaning carpets, steaming floor tile, removing dated wallpaper, replacing outdated light fixtures and a coat of fresh paint will result in a quicker sale at a higher price.

Repairs can make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from a home’s value. Dripping water discolors sinks and suggest faulty plumbing. Have them fixed.

From top to bottom. Display the full value of all rooms including kitchen, living room, office and bathrooms by removing all unnecessary and undecorative articles. Be sure to remove personal photos as prospects habitually spend more time viewing personal items of another’s rather than the home and it’s features and amenities.

home staging fort lauderdaleArrange rooms neatly. Make sure rooms are not overcrowded with furniture and nick-nacks. Select neutral pieces that look the best and store the rest. Use attractive, neutral yet stylish bedding. Keep toys to a minimum.

Safety first. Keep hallways clear. Avoid cluttered appearances and potential injuries.

Pools can make or break a sale. Be sure the pool is sparkling and free of leaves and debris. Repair loose and unsightly tiles. A pool perceived to be in poor repair indicates additional expense to the buyer.

Make the kitchen look larger. Clean off counter tops and make them sparkle, keeping only a few select pieces on display. New appliances can be an exciting feature that can actually make the difference in a buyer choosing one home over another.

Bathrooms help sell homes. Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers. Scrub tiles and make the grout lines glisten. Clear the counters of personal items. Make these rooms sparkle.

Can you see the light? When you leave your home, leave it as if you know it is going to be shown in a magazine. The potential buyer will feel glowing warmth when you leave each room pleasantly lit of natural and mood lighting for their inspection.

Let the sunshine in! Open curtains, clean windows and ledges to let buyers see how cheerful your home can be. Air the home out as well. Odors must be eliminated, especially those caused by pets or cigarettes.

Music is mellow. Turn off the television and have only soft ambient music playing in the background.

Pet underfoot. Keep them out of the way, preferably out of the house. A barking dog may not only intimidate a buyer, but turn them running for the door before they get to view all the features and benefits your home offers.

Three’s a crowd. Leave your premises when a showing is scheduled. Take a short break and run an errand or two while your home is being shown. Buyers tend to spend less time viewing a home when sellers are present, hurrying through the home and again, missing many of the differentiating factors making your house a great fit for them.