Preparing to List: How to Give Your Home the Best First Impression

Deciding you’re ready to move is just the start, getting your home “resale ready” can be a big task that may feel overwhelming at times. When making such a big change, there are steps you can take to help the process go most smoothly

  1. Deep Clean

Whether you hire a professional or decide to tackle it yourself, your house needs a good deep cleaning before going on the market. Dusty surfaces, pet hair, dirty baseboards and unpleasant smells can deter a potential buyer from having a good first impression of your home. Throughout the entire selling process, it’s important to keep surfaces wiped down, bathrooms clean, and floors vacuumed and swept to present your home as being clean and well cared for.

2. Declutter and Depersonalize

Decluttering and keeping your home organized will go a long way while it’s listed. This will give you the best listing photos and allow potential buyers to focus on the actual home instead of your personal belongings. This is a great opportunity to get rid of anything that will not be moving with you and pack up anything that’s unnecessary for your day-to-day life. In addition, it is a good idea to depersonalize your home to help potential buyers picture their family living there. While you want your home to present as warm and welcoming, it’s a good idea to put away framed family photos, bulletin boards and personal items such as books, toys, and photo albums.

3. Make Repairs and Replace Lightbulbs

We all have that running to-do list of small repairs in our home. Now is a good time to get some of those tackled! Go ahead and fix that leaky faucet or that broken doorknob. Making repairs like this helps your home look well maintained. A fresh coat of paint may also go a long way. You don’t want potential buyers to think there will be a punch list of repairs awaiting them in their new home. In addition, go ahead and replace any burned-out lightbulbs and consider keeping a couple spares on hand. When taking listing photos and showing your home, it will give the best impression when all light fixtures and lamps are turned on.

4. Landscape and Curb Appeal

When creating the best first impression for your home, don’t forget about the outside as well! Keep your lawn mowed and bushes trimmed. A couple of potted flowers or new throw pillows on the porch can feel warm and inviting to potential buyers. Cleaning windows and pressure washing your driveway helps present a clean and crisp look. Consider changing out your welcome mats also if they are looking worn. Curb appeal makes a difference; a carefully curated yard and porch can go a long way to getpotentialbuyers’attention

5. Professional Photography

When listing your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that feeds into sites such as Zillow, one of the most valuable components to create a great first impression is the photos.This makes using a professional photographer so important. A great home that is poorly photographed will be often overlooked. Professional quality photos will have a higher resolution, wider angles to give full views of the room, and better lighting. By getting professional photos completed, you’ll provide the best first impression in the marketing of your home.

6. Hire a Listing Agent

We highly recommend hiring a professional real estate agent to list your home for you. They will have the proper tools, resources, strategies, and network to get your home seen by the appropriate audience and get it viewed by target buyers. The selling process may go more smoothly with a professional representing you with your best interest in mind. Getting your home sold is a full-time job, so why not let a professional take on the responsibility and allow you to continue with your day-to-day life?

If you are looking to get your home sold, consider giving Coastal Community Real Estate Group a call. With over30 years of experience in the Coastal North Carolina real estate market, we have developed a proven process to market and sell your home. From setting the right price to creating strategic marketing campaigns, we will get your home matched to the right buyer at the right price and provide a smooth process along the way. We are committed to professional and courteous service to ensure you understand and feel at ease. Our brokers are ready to share our selling secrets! Give us a call today to get the ball rolling on selling your home!855-902-9575