First Impressions are Lasting Impressions

So you’ve decided it’s time to sell your house. Do yourself a favour and being as objective as possible, step back and take a look at your house the way a Buyer will see it. What will they notice first when they are driving up the street and see the sign on your lawn. I literally want you to do this. Get in your car and drive up the street toward your house as if you’re seeing it for the first time. What are you going to see & what can you improve on to enhance that oh so important first impression?
Here's a few suggestions I have that will not only make your home more appealing to prospective buyers but will exetend a warm welcome to all.
1. Curb Appeal: Take a good honest look at how others will view your home from the road. What will they see when they stop on the road in front of the house. A pathway overcrowded with shrubbery, or a beautiful open and inviting walkway? Can you see your windows or do those shrubs need to be trimmed back?
2. Driveway and Walkway: What shape are these two areas in? Nobody wants to arrive at a house and before they even get out of the car find themselves thinking they have to pave the driveway if they buy this one. How is the walkway? Any trip hazards. If its interlocking stone, consider having it lifted and re-set. .
3. Lighting: Nothing is more inviting than a well lit walkway. Not only is landscape lighting practical, but it looks good too. Pick up solar powered lights – they require no special wiring; just push them in the ground and Voila.
4. Front Entry and Garage Door:  Make your house stand out on the street. No, I’m not suggesting you paint your house pink, but a nice high gloss colour on the front entry door makes a statement. Consider washing, painting or even replacing your garage door if it’s in really rough shape. A new garage door does wonders for the overall appearance of a home.
5. Door Hardware:  These little guys take a lot of abuse. Take a good look at your front door and more particularly the knob and the key hole. Maybe a simple polish job will suffice, but if not, for less than $100 you can dramatically improve the appearance of your front entry with a new lockset.
6. Door Knocker: A hefty knocker is a classic that will never go out of style. There’s a whole variety of options to choose from at your local Home Depot.
7. A little Life: Box planters are nice clean way to dramatically enhance your front entry.  A pair on either side of the front door with a nice plant looks amazing. You can pick these up at any Garden store.
8. Spruce up the Numbers: Nothing says classy like a scripted house number . Is your house number clearly visible? Is it easy to see at night? Maybe illuminated house numbers are your thing for under $60
9. Mail Box. Certainly not a big ticket item, but your have to remove what I call the “YUCKS”- Out of site, out of mind – nobody needs to know what it looked like before you replaced it. Try picking a nice new shiny mailbox from your local Canadian Tire store and securely fastening it to the wall. You will find what your looking for under $50
10. Shed a little Light. Fumbling for keys in the dark is no fun. Consider installing installing motion lights on your front porch. The lights will always be on when you need them. No more fumbling around in the dark trying to find the keyhole and they come in stylish new Coach lamp designs, not just the old ugly looking things no-one wants on their front porch lol
11. Finally a Welcome Mat: Nothing says welcome more than mat at your front door that has WELCOME in big bold letters written on it. Particularly a beautiful custom designed welcome mat from Creative Mat, or pick up a standard welcome mat from Walmart for under $20. Try to stay away from your family crest or personalized mats with your last name. As much as they look nice, our objective here is to make the buyer see themselves living in the house, a nice Welcome Mat will set the tone.
I hope you find these tips useful. If you are getting ready to put your house on the market, give me a call. I have a really great team including an interior designer. As part of my fee structure and for those people that make the decision to list with me, I will bring in my Designer/Stager (AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU) for some really great suggestions and ideas to get your home ready for sale. Lynn provides a detailed room by room overview including pictures and reccomendations of exactly what needs to be done. Ultimately it’s your choice, do it yourself or hire her, but either way, you’ll have a fabulous platform to work from with no pressure.
I look forward to hearing from you.


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