Selling Your House: Tips for Making a Good First Impression


Most people consider buying a home to be one of the biggest investments of their lives. Due to the weight of this investment, a potential homebuyer’s first impression of a home plays a huge role in whether or not they inquire further. If you are planning to sell your home, its exterior and interior must appear clean, attractive, and problem-free.  It’s important to appeal to your buyers so that you can sell your home fast, and for the highest price possible.

Make your home aesthetically pleasing to homebuyers

Helping first time homebuyers through the visualization process can make a big difference with how long a property to gets sold. One of the most meaningful and motivational ways to help them through their decision making process is to prep the layout of the home with an appealing interior design that includes furniture, tapestry, paintings, etc. This helps potential homebuyers to not only visualize how the furniture can be placed in the layout of the home, but to get them to love the setting of the house and start thinking about the different ways they can design the space of the home for their future. Here are some basic selling points to consider when prepping your home for a showing or open house:

A warm and inviting interior: Your buyers are looking for a space they can see themselves living in.

A well groomed exterior: Curb appeal is a real thing. Buyers want to see a welcoming and polished exterior.

Lighting matters: Well lit spaces are visually appealing.

Up-to-date maintenance: Offer your home buyers peace of mind. Homebuyers shouldn’t need to worry about electric or plumping problems upon moving into a home.

Preparing your home for the market

To give your home the competitive edge it needs, be prepared to put in a bit of elbow grease; it would be a shame to get a lower asking price, or worse– lose a sale all together based on a bad first impression. Below are some quick fixes that you can do to improve your home’s value:

Bump up your curb appeal: When a potential buyer walks up to your house, it shouldn’t feel closed off or forbidding. It should feel bright, clean, and inviting. Move all clutter such as: toys, bikes, scooters, lawnmowers, etc. out of the way. Make sure that the windows are clean, the address numbers are polished, and put on a fresh coat of paint if needed. For more detailed information about the do’s and don’ts of curb appeal.

Depersonalize: Take away the personal mementos, photos, and paint over any markings on the walls.

Clear out the extra clutter: If you have extra furniture, consider moving it into storage. Organize your closets and shelves, and get rid of anything you don’t need.

Clean, clean, clean: Give your house a deep cleaning. Dust your blinds, wash your windows, touch up the walls, wipe down your appliances, clean your carpets, and mop the floors.

Stick to neutral colors: The colors you choose for your home interior have a strong influence in how people feel in the space of the home. It’s advised that you use neutral colors, like earth tones that are more friendly and inviting.

Hope all these selling home tips work out for you. Good luck!

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7 comments on “Selling Your House: Tips for Making a Good First Impression”

  1. This is a very good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very accurate information… Many thanks for
    sharing this one. A must read article!

  2. Sarah Smith says:

    My husband and I are in the process of trying to prepare our house so that we can sell it. Thanks for the advice about making sure to clear out the extra stuff so that the house looks less cluttered. It is also a good idea to get a real estate agent to help you layout your house so that it looks good.

  3. Becca Holton says:

    My husband and I want to sell our home before we move. This post offers some great suggestions that sound like it’ll make our home more appealing to buyers. I can see how taking down personal mementos and painting over markings can be beneficial.

  4. Sienna says:

    From what I’ve read, curb appeal is vital, especially where buyers walk from their car to your door. “Bright” and “inviting” are great words for the lawn, the house exterior, the garden beds, and even the front door! But you also make a pre-first-impression in the listing and its photos, and the article advises combining professional shots with personal input on why you bought and loved the house. Then the “real” first impression needs to match or surpass the listing one.

  5. I really like what you had to say here about making a good first impression on families that are touring your home. As you talked about, a well-groomed exterior and a warm and inviting interior can really help people feel like they are home, and it can even allow them to envision what they would do with the home to make it theirs. We are planning on moving this summer, and so we need to make sure that our home is ready to sell. Thanks for the post, and we will make sure to talk about some of these things with our real estate agent.

  6. I never knew that personal mementos could be a detriment in getting a property sold. My husband and I are planning to move to a bigger house to accommodate our growing family. Our house has been listed for over a few weeks now but we still don’t have a prospective buyer. I’d be sure to follow your tips moving forward to better our odds of getting the house sold. Better yet, I’ll work with a professional to make sure things will go smoothly. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Bethany B. says:

    I completely agree that old, stained paint can make a home less likely to sell. My friend will be moving soon so these tips will really help her sell her old house. Do you have any other tips for choosing a real estate agent?

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