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Real Estate Agent with DITOMMASO REAL ESTATE

FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE IMPORTANT!

Are first impressions important in selling a home.  I would think so. As a realtor and a home owner, I believe first impressions tells alot about a person and how they take care of their home.  Here are some suggestions to help homeowners prepare their home for SELLING.

The front door should be clean of finger prints.  A fresh coat of paint if necessary.  The area should be swept clean.

All windows should be clean in order to allow maximum light to enter the home.  All curtains and window coverings should be open and fresh.

For the interior walls all wall paper should be repaired or replaced with neutral colors.  If necessary a fresh coat of paint would brighten up the home.

Remove all clutter from rooms, too much clutter makes a room look small. Keep the rooms simple and clean.  A buyer is trying to visualize how their furniture will look there.

Closets are an important part of home selling.  Maximize the size of your closets by removing excess clothing and items, neatly arrange them.

Bathrooms and kitchens should be keep clean.  Try to arrange appointment before or after dinner to allow adequate time to clean up.  First impressions are important.

Be sure the little items are in order for example, loose door knobs are tighten, missing cabinet handles are replaced, water faucets don't run and ripped screens are replaced.  Be sure all light bulbs are repaced.

For top dollar, it's smart to fix these items.

Comments (3)

Vicky Poe
Good Ole Rocky Top - Crossville, TN
Realtor/ Auctioneer
I tell people that you only get one chance at a first impression - whether it is good or bad.
Jan 03, 2008 11:55 AM
Nicholas Beltrani
Appleseed Realty GMAC Real Estate - Staten Island, NY
The minimal things are big to potential buyers. If they see the smallest little problem, it can seriously determine whether the buyer will put in an offer. Things very small and cheap such as replacing a carpet or replacing an old fixture.
Jan 03, 2008 12:03 PM
Anonymous
nancy heisel
It's the little things that add up.  Often times it's the little things that the sellers think the buyers shouldn't make a big deal over that make the buyers think if the seller didn't fix/replace that what else haven't they taken care of?  Helping the sellers to understand that is the hard part.  Any suggestions?
Jan 03, 2008 12:23 PM
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