"You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression."
"First Impressions are Lasting Impressions."
As tired and banal as these clichés may sound to you, the reason why they
are clichés is because they are true.
The decision to buy a house is not solely based upon rational factors such as
price, location and accessibility to services. It is also an emotional choice.
It is a search for a home, a place in which one will find comfort, security and
happiness, a place one would want to settle down and live in.
Emotions are set early, so it is important that minor, even typical, nuisances
such as an unmowed lawn or a pile of boots by the door are looked after. As unfair
as it might be to your home, after only fifteen seconds most buyers have already
developed a perception of your property that will color their feelings for the
rest of the showing and perhaps dramatically affect their perceived value of
is a list of suggestions for creating a favorable first impression:
at first sight..."
is a virtue"
Plant flowers, weed and edge gardens
Mow lawn and trim hedges and shrubs
Clean driveway and sidewalks of dirt, leaves or snow
Water the lawn extensively, well in advance of selling
Remove old lawn ornaments, toys and play sets
Clean and repair rain gutters and siding
Touch up exterior paint
Clean out garage
Pick up any litter
Make mirrors glitter and appliances sparkle
Wash and polish all floors
Clean and freshen bathrooms
Clean/shampoo all carpets
Clean all windows, walls, doors and trim
place looks neat and tidy"
certainly is well maintained"
Clear all countertops
De-clutter all heavy traffic areas
Store surplus furniture to reduce feeling crowded
Put seasonal clothing into storage
Clear halls and stairs of clutter
Make all closets neat & tidy
(and only half-full, even if this means moving items to another storage area)
Touch up interior paint and paper
Repair cracked plaster
Tighten door knobs and cupboard latches
Oil any squeaky doors
Repair leaky plumbing (taps, shower heads and toilets)
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