Make a Good First Impression

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Written by Elaine Sollars, Sales Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI

The saying goes “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” This is true especially when your home is on the market. Lets’ begin at the front door. Stand on your porch for a couple of minutes and observe what a buyer would see for the first time.

While buyers are waiting patiently for their agent to open the electronic key box they will have plenty of time to observe and form an opinion of what’s inside. Take your threshold for example. Is it clean and shiny? Are the original stickers or paint spatters still hanging around?

You should be asking yourself questions about the appearance of the entire entryway.

  • Are there cobwebs handing in the corners up above or down below?
  • Is your door freshly painted with new shiny hardware?
  • Are your windows sparkling clean and free from tiny fingerprints or doggie smudges?
  • Have you updated your door wreath with the right season and with freshly tied ribbons?

Finally, don’t forget the welcome mat! It should always read “Welcome” not “Wipe your paws.” Not all buyers are pet lovers and it might signal their brain to turn up those smelling senses. Give the buyers a desire to want to see what lies beyond that clean and welcoming front door.