Are you thinking about selling your home in Calgary sometime soon? If so, you’ll want to make sure that your property gives off the best first impression as possible to potential buyers to help speed up the sale of your home and maximize its value.
Here are some tips to making sure that your first impressions are top notch. Don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to first impressions!
First impressions are one of the most influential factors in the sale of your home and the exterior is the first thing that a buyer will see.
Many buyers make the first decision on a property as they approach it from the street in the car. If the outside of the home looks poorly maintained, the assumptions begin about the condition of the interior and how you, the current owner, has treated it over the past however many years.
If this is the case, viewing the home may not be as interesting for the buyer despite how appealing a buy it may be. Don’t let this happen! This is completely avoidable and can be detrimental to selling your home in Calgary in a timely manner.
- Also see 11 Tips to Boosting Your Curb Appeal
A thorough investigation of the exterior of your home is one of the first things to do before selling. Look for even the smallest discrepancy in how something should look – and does look – such as:
- Missing shingle on the roof
- Small hole in the homes exterior siding
- Chipped stone, concrete or brick along walkways
- Frayed or cracked wood on the deck
- Broken window screen
In essence, you want to become the buyer during this evaluation and be as specific and strict as possible. Look at your home through the eyes of a potential buyer where any small issue is one that needs considering.
Touching up paint, front and rear doors, window frames and roofing, for example, may very well be in your best interests and worth the minor investment of time.
If you’re looking at a more expensive repair on the home exterior, consult a real estate agent who can give you an expert opinion on if it will be worth it or not.
For the Seasons
The steps you’ll want to take to boost your curb appeal largely depends on what season it is. In Calgary, the months with the most market activity are in late spring and summer, although some people choose to sell in the winter for a variety of reasons.
For example, during the winter snow removal and non-icy driveway / walkways are a must. A proper shoe tray or mat for visitors footwear will help to maintain the interior clean and upkeep its own first impression on buyers.
In the summer, a trimmed lawn and hedges and some planted / potted colourful flowers can go a long way in improving the first impression your home gives to buyers. Landscaping is also influential in making or breaking a first impression.
First impressions begin as soon as a potential buyer walks into your home. You want the entrance way to be warm and welcoming, as well as the rest of your home which can be accomplished through proper use of:
Staging encompasses all these and more. If you stage your home accordingly, chances are that the first impressions made will be much more conducive to selling your home. Staging includes maintenance and fixing any problems that need attention such as:
- Chipped or worn paint
- Damaged dry wall
- Stained appliances
Once again, you’ll want to consider the investment of time and money and determine if it will be worth it. For more tips on how to make a strong first impression inside, be sure to check out our Calgary Home Sellers Tips – Staging Your Home.
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