You don’t get a second chance at a first impression, and we agree that first impressions count, and have picked up some great ways to make potential buyers love your house at first sight! It’s important to get other opinions on your house that are constructive and aren’t biased, as it’s easy to overlook the little things that can make a big difference. That’s why when we view properties we like to give a list of some easy fix things that can add that extra value. Little things such as peeling paint, weeds around the front door, dead plants or even dirty windows can all have an impact on the impression people have when seeing your house for the first time.
Clutter not only distracts people from looking at the actual property but can also make a house seem smaller and makes it harder for people to imagine it being theirs with their own personal touch on it. It can subconsciously make people feel stressed or uncomfortable. The main goal is for potential buyers to envision themselves in your home, so finding a balance between depersonalising the house but keeping it homely and not completely empty is key.
Here’s a checklist of things that can be noticeable to others for the first time but not to you:
· Driveway/ path- have you got overgrown weeds or a slippery mossy path?
· Front door- does it open smoothly, paint peeling off, and if you have a doorbell does it work?
· When you walk in the front door does your house smell fresh? People obviously have different opinions on what smells nice, but try to make your house smell nice for a wide range of people- not everyone likes coffee. Fresh is best.
· Is your house well lit? All light bulbs working?
· Is it noisy? You could think about masking the noise with a water feature, or put some music on in the background quietly.
· Is it a comfortable temperature inside?