Lasting First Impressions

Dated: May 15 2020

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First impressions are lasting, and once that first impression is made, good or bad, it takes a long time to change it. Social media profile pictures are a timely example of this phenomena. If you've ever seen someone's picture, and then later on met them face-to-face, you may already have preconceived notions about the individual based on their hairstyle, clothing, accessories, smiling or not, etc., and may treat them in kind to the impression that was made. The same can be said for viewing houses for sale online, or drive-bys of your home by potential buyers. Does the house look worn and need to be repainted? The yard unkept? Kid's toys strewn all about. If the house looks like it is in disrepair on the outside, it may cause a buyer to wonder if that same level of unkemptness extends inside, too. Will that mean more potential work for this buyer or cause them to question a seemingly inflated asking price as it relates to the amount of perceived improvements needed? The initial impression that a potential buyer has of your house for sale can mean the difference between stopping their scrolling and getting more information, scheduling an appointment, and even making an offer. To that end, maximizing your home's curb appeal, for photos for the listing as well as potential drive-bys, is not just a good idea, it is a must, as you'll never get another chance to leave that great first impression.

Some exterior maintenance to consider when getting your home ready for sale would be to paint the exterior painted surfaces, remembering the trim, doors and shutters. Power wash siding and windows, including any sheds or outbuildings. Inspect the roof and make repairs as needed. Clean the gutters and the downspouts. Repair cracks in the driveway and the sidewalk. Clean the pool and have it serviced is necessary.

Mow, water and fertilize the lawn. Trim shrubs and trees and rake the leaves. Plant colorful flowers and shrubs.

Check the front door, doorbell, address number, and welcome mat, and sweep the entryway and walkways. Store toys or equipment lying in the yard.

You will want to ensure that your online photos, as well as the impression that someone has driving by your home, is favorable. This favorable impression will eventually lead to showings and potential offers. Based on the level of importance a good first impression makes, the to-do list for the exterior of your house as you get it ready for sale is just as pertinent as interior renovations.

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Melissa and Todd Rolland

Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson, accredited home stager and has been a real estate investor for over a decade, helping hundreds of homeowners buy houses, sell houses, and invest in real e....

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