In most cases, you will have 20 minutes or less to impress buyers so start from the outside. Remember that you only get once chance at a first impression and it starts when the buyer walks up to your front door.
Buyers usually make snap judgments as to whether or not your house fits their criteria based on what they see by driving past or what they see online. If you give your property a well cared for appearance they will be eager to stop and excited to view the interior as well.
When you stand at the end of your driveway or at the curb and look at your home, what do you see?
- Are there any repairs needed? Develop a list of repairs or improvements that need to be done, like roofing, siding and lighting.
- How do your front door and steps look? Perhaps a fresh coat of paint would liven them up.
- How is your front garden? Neat and presentable? Think about adding arrangements to your front porch.
- During winter, make sure that your driveways, sidewalks and paths are shovelled and salted so that buyers feel safe when walking up to view your home.
Open your front door and look inside. You may want to put your shoe collection away while selling. You’ll want to create a clear and easy passage.
You want your home to look spacious and roomy. Remove any excess furniture. Perhaps place it in storage or sell it if you are downsizing.
Lighting is very important. Replace burnt-out light bulbs and place lights in dark corners to give a bright, cheery appearance.
Main selling rooms
Kitchens and bathrooms are the biggest drawing cards in homes so don’t be shy to spend some money on them. The return is usually very high on money spent. Keep it neutral and not too specific to your own taste.
The first impression for a buyer will be a lasting one. Make sure you show them that your home is worth moving into, and not moving on.