First Impressions Count: Make Your Home Stand Out

Real Estate Agent with ReMax Center



First impressions at house showings are everything; when there is an excess of inventory on the real estate market, you need to make your home the one buyers just have to have – you must be the standout. Here are some ways you can do that.


Give your Realtor talking points – say what’s good about your home. Maybe it’s in a prime location with access to great schools and amenities, has a bustling nightlife, or enjoys a private, quiet setting – whatever you think is great about your home.


Show you care about your home – make it loved, and make it show.  Make sure that your house is sparkling clean for every showing and impeccably maintained.

Get rid of any trash and clutter – open up your home to make it feel more spacious and sell yourselves as conscientious homeowners passing down a family treasure.


Don't let anything in or outside of your home be in disrepair – because you'll give the impression that this is a home not worth caring about.


As maintenance goes, painting is your number one best property maintenance investment - it's relatively cheap, covers neglected surfaces, and gives everything a fresh, clean topcoat.  There is just no better bang for your home improvement buck.


Cleaning your home for every showing is absolutely critical to selling it at a favorable price.

Comments (3)

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Matthew, first impressions indeed count. Sellers are competing with all the other homes on the market for the limited number of buyers.  Every step they take to put their best foot forward will help attract that buyer to their property. Congrats on this post and welcome to ActiveRain!

Sep 07, 2015 11:57 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi  Matthew Lawrence ,  working out of the Chicagoland office today. Hey, a beautiful day, huh?  I totally agree with your post that first impressions count and play a big part in letting people know that your property/home is a great investment.... it is special and has been loved. They will love it,too.

Nov 04, 2015 11:16 AM
Jim Starwalt

Hi Matt,
Great tips, and good reminders! We are judged by the listings we represent! Our product is our clients homes, the way they show is a representation of we helped them prepare the house and our industry knowledge. I like the tip on painting being the best bang for the buck.

Jun 05, 2016 11:27 PM