Buyer’s First Impressions: Important Tips for Selling your Home
By:Katie Kirk-Kirk Holton Team
It is no mystery that first impressions matter. As the saying goes “you do not get a second chance to make a first impression” so when it comes to selling your home why do so many homeowners overlook this important factor? As an Agent it always amazes me how many homes present with a first impression that is anything but memorable. Often, the first thing that I notice my potential buyer comment about is the defects or imperfections upon pulling up to the home.
Homeowners who plan on selling their house must do one thing before showings begin. Pull up to your home after running an errand and pretend you are a buyer. You need to scrutinize the first impression of your home just like every buyer and Agent will be doing in the very near future. How does the lawn look? Landscaping? These are usually the first things buyers notice. Do not overlook the importance of mowing the lawn on a regular basis and keeping landscaping looking fresh-believe me people notice this. If these items are neglected then generally the buyer concludes that there will be additional imperfections. Why plant that seed upon the first impression? Second area of importance is the front door. Again, so many times I see dirty front doors with cobwebs everywhere, damaged door frames, peeling paint…take the time to clean and paint this area if necessary. Again, two strikes against you as homeowner if lawn/landscaping is unkept, as well as the front door. The buyer has not even walked inside yet! Imagine what the mindset is before they even walk into your home. If you blow the first impression you are likely to impact showing appointment in a negative manner. You want to do everything you can to make sure your home is on the buyers “list” to seriously consider for purchase. The third thing is to make sure that the siding of your home (or brick) is clean and in shape. This is something else that buyers notice. Siding that is dirty or brick that needs to be tuckpointed will surely be noticed. So sellers take note! There are three things to attend to that fall in the first impression category: Lawn/Landscaping, Front door and Exterior of home. Make sure all of these things are in tip top shape and you will make a positive first impression on buyers and agents!