Home buyers do "judge a book by its cover"

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Home Stager with First Impressions by Joanna: Home Staging, Redesign, & Decor

Or in this case, a home by its exterior.  Whether we like it or not, first impressions count when selling a home.  The exterior of a house is the first thing people see and it usually sets the tone for what's inside. 

 

If the first thing home buyers see is an overgrown lawn and weeds, dirty windows, old chipping paint, toys and trash everywhere, chances are, the house hunters won't even bother getting out of their car.

 

Before you do anything to your house - painting, decorating or improvements - get in your car and drive round the block and stop next to the curb adjacent to your house, where any prospective buyer would stop.

Examine your house from their viewpoint. Sit (or stand) there for two minutes - roughly what the average potential purchaser would spend, before deciding whether or not it is worthwhile getting out of the car and taking a further look.

 

If you aren't much of a gardner and have no idea where to start, one idea is to go to a local college and place an ad for a student landscaper.  They should have cheaper rates and enough fresh ideas to get you started on your curb appeal.

 

Once the outside of your house is done, and you have gotten the attention of a potential homebuyer, keep the positive first impresssion going to the inside of your house- but that is a different story......

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainer
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Blanca Cholewczynski
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Joanna, you are totally right!  When my husband and I began looking for our first home I was really surprised of the way people presented their homes in many cases. 

There was no pride; once, the homeowner of the home opened the door with no T-shirt, big old belly and I think he was a plumber....that is how low his pants were. Yikes.  

I didn't even want to go pass the door, but I do remember thinking to myself.  I bet this guy is not expecting us to offer listed price. 

Jan 15, 2007 01:34 AM #1
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Suzanne Marriott
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First impressions are so important that we "mandate" the property be ready for showtime before we activate the listing in the MLS.
Jan 15, 2007 02:14 AM #2
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Blanca Cholewczynski
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Suzanne, that is great way to ensure success. Way to go you guys! 
Jan 15, 2007 02:18 AM #3
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Joanna, As a new member,

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Jan 30, 2007 12:45 AM #4
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Michael Delp
Yes Joanna, you are right. People will judge the "book by it's cover". Not only do you want it to look nicer to sell it, but once it's sold an appraiser will come through and judge it as well. Most buyers rely on that appraisal coming in at the asking price or moreee.
Apr 30, 2007 04:49 AM #5
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