Make A Good 1st Impression

Real Estate Agent with Wagner Realty

Make a Good First Impression

In today's age of consumerism, every buyer is comparative shopping. Make a small investment in time, money and effort to give your home a solid advantage over competing properties.

Pay attention to detail now because first impressions count with buyers. You only have one chance and it starts with what often referred to as "curb appeal".  Some tips to create a better curb appeal are:

Create A Buying Mood. 

  1. Turn on lights.
  2. Turn on air conditioner/heater.
  3. Open the drapes.
  4. Light the fireplace.

Exterior Appearance

  1. Keep lawns cut.
  2. Trim hedges and shrubs.
  3. Weed and edge gardens.
  4. Clear driveway and clean up oil spills.
  5. Clean out garage.
  6. Touch up paint.
  7. Make repairs where needed Create Space.
  8. Clear halls and stairs of clutter.
  9. Store surplus furniture.
  10. Clear kitchen counter and stovetop.
  11. Clear closets of unnecessary clothing.
  12. Remove empty boxes and containers.


  1. Repair leaking taps and toilets.
  2. Clean furnace and filters.
  3. Tighten doorknobs and latches.
  4. Repair cracked plaster.
  5. Touch up paint.
  6. Clean and repair windows.
  7. Repair seals around tubs and basins.
  8. Replace defective light bulbs.
  9. Oil squeaking doors.
  10. Repair squeaking floorboards.

Squeaky Clean

  1. Clean and freshen bathrooms.
  2. Clean fridge and stove (in and out).
  3. Clean around heating vents.
  4. Clean washer and dryer.
  5. Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds.

At The Front Door

  1. Clean porch and foyer.
  2. Ensure doorbell works.
  3. Repair screen on door.
  4. Fresh paint or varnish front door.
  5. Repair door locks and key access

Comments (4)

Tom Robinson
Keller Williams Realty Kingstowne/Alexandria, VA Office - Fairfax, VA
Experienced Real Estate, Professional Serving No. VA and DC

It would be nice if some of the foreclosed properties were tidied up a bit before being listed. Perhaps a cleaning service to clean the place up and a handyman to fix things up might actually increase the sale price the bank receives and in turn a higher commission for the salesperson.

Jan 18, 2010 12:34 PM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

good advice

Jan 18, 2010 12:37 PM
Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY

Hi Fred;

Great tips! Home  owners should look at the home and figure out how to make it better in a cost-effective, attainable, creative way. The choices and work you do in your home will pay off in a big way now and down the road.

Jan 18, 2010 12:51 PM
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Great curb appeal, and price, is so important if you want to sell your home in this market.

Jan 18, 2010 01:50 PM