Selling Your Home? How to Make a Great First Impression!


Real Estate Tips: How to Sell Your Kitchener-Waterloo Home

Real Estate Tips: How to Sell Your Kitchener-Waterloo Home

In this article I’m going to show you how to make the BEST first impression on potential home buyers looking at your home for sale. This is important information for you if you are selling your home in Kitchener-Waterloo. If you are looking to buy your dream home and currently own a house, you can benefit from my 21 years of real estate expertise in sharing these home selling tips!

Making a first impression on that buyer that comes to see your home is of vital importance because we all know, “You only get one chance to make a great first impression.” How do all of the rooms look including your garage and basement? Each time the buyer looks in those rooms; the buyer is getting a first impression on every room.

EXTERIOR. What do people see when they get out of their cars whether they are parked on the street or in your driveway? They walk up your driveway and they can see your lawn, edging, flower beds and the front door. Are things CLEAN? Your front door, front lights, front windows, steps, and even the mailbox all need to be clean.

INTERIOR. When potential home buyers walk into your front door you want to make sure that everything within their view is visually appealing. Here’s what I suggest to my clients: one day when you’ve been away from your home for a while, come back in and don’t park in the garage but rather walk up to your front door from the driveway. What do you see? Are shoes scattered about near the front door? Is your front closet organized and uncluttered? This is a keen way to get a fresh perspective and pick up on little things you may have missed when initially preparing your home to be listed. Remember that every closet matters because home buyers viewing your home will look in all of the closets and even the kitchen cupboards and drawers!

BASEMENT. If there is one area of a home I’ve seen people neglect, it’s the basement – particularly if it’s unfinished. Here’s what you want to do with an unfinished basement: sweep the floor and use concrete paint to paint the floor. If you are storing items in your basement, stack them all neatly along the walls and keep the space open so that homebuyers can envision what they might like to do with that unfinished area of your home. I set my clients up with Rooms in Bloom Home Staging and they advise on how to set up the basement so that it is visually appealing.

GARAGE. Much of what applies to the basement applies to the garage. Are there oil stains on the garage floor? If so, clean it up and paint the concrete floor. Make sure bikes are hanging up off the floor, get the rakes and gardening tools hung on a wall neatly, and any excess items are stacked against the walls. You definitely want potential home buyers to be able to see the value in having a garage to park in. If your garage is cluttered with “stuff” it’s hard for people to be able to see the value in additional storage space whereas they will definitely see value in a secure garage for their vehicles.

I also explain how to make a great first impression in my video.

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