Easy Tricks to Get the Best First Impression with Home Buyers
You're unable to turn back time so getting the first impression for a home buyer is critical. Here are 5 easy and important updates you can do to your home to help steer a home buyer to write an offer.
Lawn and Yard
In the summer, be sure to have your lawn mowed so it looks cared for. If you have a pet, have all animal feces is picked up. There is nothing worse than a home buyer stepping in poop while touring your property.
In the winter, have the walks shovelled as best as you can and put sand/salt on icy spots. An un-shovelled walk or driveway forcing prospective buyers to tromp through ankle deep snow is not the best way to attract an offer.
The Front Door
Make sure the lock works freely without having to struggle with it. This usually is an easy fix with a lock lubricant.
Wash it. This is the first thing a home buyer sees when entering your house when it's for sale. If the door is covered in finger prints or dust/dirt - they'll notice and will be the impression as soon as they walk in.
The immediate scent of your home can be a deal killer or a welcoming gesture, it's not news the subconscious plays a large roll in deciding on a home.
When your house is for sale, it's not the time to be cooking with strong spices or oils. Trust me.
If you have pets, vacuum as much of the hair and dander as you can. If you have cats, it is extremely important the litter box is cleaned daily or twice a day. The odour can be an instant deal breaker.
Do not use air fresheners such as "plug ins" or "perfume deodorizers". A very frequent comment home buyers have when they see air fresheners is "What are the home sellers trying to mask?".
Reality, you're probably "nose blind" and are unaware your home stinks - ask a friend for an honest sniff test ;) If you find your home a bit stinky, you can use a diffuser or scented candle with a mild scent. These are typically very subtle and don't attract attention. Avoid floral.
Or, if you're ambitious - bake some cookies or bread. Let's face it - we're all suckers for the scent of freshly baked goods.
**pro tip** Running short on time? Put a several drops of vanilla on tin foil, place in the oven at 300F for 15 mins. This will smell like fresh baked cookies.
Closets - Especially the Coat Closet
This closet can become a dumping ground in houses - not when your home is for sale. You need to have your closets appear spacious and if they are full of 4 seasons of items, it's going to look cramped and uninviting.
Summer - remove all winter jackets, boots, mitts etc and put them in a bin. You're not using them anyway so you may as well put them in a storage bin. Keep only items you're using currently.
Winter - much like the summer - you're unlikely to be using all your summer gear so box it up.
The same goes for all your closets throughout the house. Use your suitcases and fill them with the out of season clothing and gear.
When doing this, put the same concept into your kitchen drawers - if you're not using it - box it. Make storage look big.
Small Kitchen Appliances
If you're the King or Queen of small appliances, you're going to have to put them away for a while unless you have a great storage set up in your pantry or cupboards. Like the closets, if you're not using them - put them in a storage bin.
Here's the tricky part, if you store these appliances in the basement, it gives the impression your kitchen is lacking adequate storage. So, if you're going to store the appliances in the basement - box them up while the house is for sale.
Good First Impressions are Critical
By following these 5 tips, you'll be standing out much stronger against your competition. They may seem small and trivial, but they do make a difference. This difference may be whether or not the buyer writes an offer or not.