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6 Steps to Make a Great Impression on Buyers

Posted by Jeff Sallan on Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 5:53am.

The Reno-Sparks real estate market is still going strong, with supply low and demand high especially in homes under $600,000. If you're planning to sell your home, that doesn't mean you can take break and not fully prepare your home for the market if you want the best price. First impressions can mean a lot when buyers are looking for a new home. Below are some things you can do to make sure your home makes a great first impression. 

1. Focus on Curb Appeal. Your front yard and porch will be the first thing potential viewers see in person. It won't matter how gorgeous the pictures of your home are on the MLS if your front yard is a wreck, there are toys scattered all over the lawn and your porch is in disrepair. Clean up your yard, trim bushes and trees, and give your front porch a fresh coat of paint. 

2. Remove the Clutter. We tend to accumulate clutter. Now is the perfect time to go through and donate what you don't use so you don't end up packing and moving it to your new home. Cluttered homes give a bad first impression so make sure counters are clear, closets are cleaned out, and the garage isn't stuffed with everything that doesn't fit in the house. 

3. Finish Remodels. We all have those house projects that we've either started and never finished or haven't tackled yet. Spend a weekend finishing up all the small projects you have left. Have too much to tackle alone? It may be time to hire a pro. Home buyers likely won't want to take on your honey-do list, so professional help may be well worth it. 

4. Deep Clean. If you have carpet, have it deep cleaned. Concrete floors may need to be re-stained. Baseboards, grout, blinds and ceiling fans should all be cleaned before your house goes on the market. Again, it may be worth it to hire a professional. 

5. Appeal to the Senses. When your house is shown, appeal to all the senses. Music playing softly, welcoming scents such as freshly brewed coffee, and a soft throw on the sofa can all make buyers feel more comfortable. 

6. Keep it Up. Your home might not sell immediately, so you will have to keep up all the changes you've made. You want your home to make a fantastic impression, even if you're given short notice on a showing. 

Are you interested in selling your home? Curious about how much your home is worth? Contact us for a complimentary home valuation or for information about the Reno real estate market. 

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