11 ways to make a great first home selling impression

You only get one chance to make a good first impression. When everything inside and outside of the house is in perfect repair, buyers will think your house is obviously well cared for. 

  • Curb appeal is essential. A mowed lawn, trimmed shrubs, and tidy garden all help to create a good first impression.
  • Your front door can be your home’s focal point. Replace an old door with peeling paint or dated hardware with a new steel door. Or, salvage the door with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. Satin nickel, black, and bronze are the trends.
  • Wash windows inside and out and remove screens for added sparkle.
  • A garage can make a big impact. Replace or paint the door.
  • Don’t overlook the front porch. It’s an iconic symbol of American living. Stage a rocking chair or outdoor table and chairs.
  • Driveway. Repair cracks and clean up oil stains. If budget allows resurface the driveway.
  • Neatness counts. A sparkling clean home is appealing to buyers.
  • Eliminate clutter. Neat and organized closets, cupboards, and storage areas. Donate, sell, throw, or store items not used regularly.
  • If it’s broken, fix it. Making any needed repairs now can help eliminate buyer’s objections later.
  • Small updates make a big impression. Replacing area rugs, carpet, throw pillows, linens can freshen a kitchen or bathroom, and make more appealing to a buyer.
  • After dark. Portable outdoor lights aimed at the house or a beautiful tree offers a low-cost, high-impact effect.


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