Just How Important Is First Impression When Selling Your House?

Reblogger Debbie Reynolds
Real Estate Agent with Platinum Properties TN Broker: 208698

Buyers make decisions quickly as to whether they like or dislike a home and it is usually based on the first impression. Sellers have one chance and one chance only for that first impression.

Original content by Sharon Tara

You've heard it a thousand times....

" You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression."

But just how important is first impression when selling your house?

 

Whether it's referring to potential buyers viewing MLS photos, a potential buyer's reaction to curb appeal upon arrival, or a buyer's reaction within the first few seconds upon entering the front door...

the impression first formed in a buyer's mind greatly influences their opinion of a property.

 

That gut feeling when someone first walks in the door sets the tone for the rest of the showing.  A buyer's perception of a home's value is formed based on visual appearance and emotional appeal.

 

Whatever that impression is, negative or positive, it is carried with the buyer throughout the home. Basically, they go looking room-by-room in hopes of validating their initial feelings.

They look for more evidence that your house IS or ISN'T the home for them.

Do you really want potential buyers touring your house in search of negative validation?

First impressions are lasting impressions.  That's great news if your home generates positive reactions.

However, once your home lands in the negative column on a buyer's search list, it's pretty hard to change it to positive. 

Preparation and presentation PRIOR TO LISTING are key to creating a lasting, positive first impression. 

 

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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Debbie

Of course we know that first impressions are key but it seems some sellers don't think about this or don't realize how important it can be. This was a great choice for a reblog and something all sellers, and perhaps some agents, need to be reading.

Jeff

Jan 05, 2017 07:57 AM #1
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Well we all know the answer to that question. Nice choice for a reblog. 

Jan 05, 2017 10:04 AM #2
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Sharon Tara
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I'm so happy to see the post shared! Thank you Debbie!

Jan 05, 2017 01:56 PM #3
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We all know that first impression is everything. This is a great post to share. 

Jan 05, 2017 02:32 PM #4
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Thanks for the re-blog, Debbie.  Sharon includes some great information in this post.

Jan 05, 2017 04:24 PM #5
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Debbie - this post by Sharon Tara points out the importance of a first impression.  You want the first look to say to the buyer this is home.

Jan 05, 2017 06:05 PM #6
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Debbie

I would say it's the most important.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 05, 2017 08:18 PM #7
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Debbie Reynolds - First impressions are everything!  A great choice for a re-blog!

Jan 06, 2017 12:39 AM #8
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This is an excellent selection for a reblog. The first impressions are so important when selling a home.

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I am happy to share your post, Sharon Tara.

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The first impression may be the only chance a house has, Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com.

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I tend to agree with you Lou Ludwig.

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Hi Roy Kelley, I felt lieke this was an important post to share.

Jan 07, 2017 02:06 PM #13
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She knows her stuff about presentation and staging, Gabe Sanders.

Jan 07, 2017 02:06 PM #14
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You said that very well Grant Schneider.

Jan 07, 2017 02:07 PM #15
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All of us agents know this can make or break getting an offer, Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner.

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Hi Debbie Laity. Glad you stopped by and always welcome your comments.

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We can't tell sellers enough how important it is to make it right from the beginning, Jeff Dowler.

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