As people were picking up their trees I asked where they were going to plant them. I was surprised the number of people that said the FRONT yard! Really? Of course, it’s the first thing people see!
It reminded me of what my grandma use to tell me, (especially when she didn’t like what I was wearing) “Tyler… you never have a second chance to make a first impression”. Well Grandma, especially in the world of real estate… you’re right!
Hence the topic for this blog… First Impressions!
When considering selling your house, the first impression or curb appeal as we say, sets the stage for the buyer. Besides adding those beautiful new trees and landscaping your front yard, I have some inexpensive tips that you might find helpful.
1) Clean windows – think of those Windex commercials… I know you don’t want a bird flying into your front window but for me… that’s kind of a good sign 🙂 and remember when adding window treatments inside make sure they look just as good from the outside.
2) Remove all green bins and recycling – Even if the bins are put in an inconvenient place like a hidden corner at the end of your yard… key word “hidden”… it’s in the right place. Remember it won’t be there forever and even if its just for the open house it’s worth it!
3) Spruce up your front door – If you could add a seasonal wreath, paint the door a fun colour, update the handles or just give it a good old fashion scrub… it will make such a difference and not break the bank.
4) How’s that Storm Door working? – Storm doors are just as important as front doors. We want it to be as presentable and inviting. If latches are not working, chains unlinked, dirty, squeaking or hard to open I would say… First Impressions… say not more…
5) Clean any debris/leaves/garbage – sounds so obvious but the wind is not as obvious. So if just before the open house you give a good look through the front yard and make sure there are no Tim Horton cups trapped in the corner between your beautifully trimmed hedges and interlocking brick … then we’re all good
Remember… it’s all about first impressions, welcoming and making Buyers feel at home.
Thank you grandma for this lesson… just when you thought I wasn’t listening 🙂
Tyler Pope, Sales Representative