A good fist impression to sell your home faster

Creating a good 1st impression could help you sell your home faster and for an even better price

Preparing your home for viewers and creating a great first impression is hugely important and can make a big difference when selling.

You’ll want your property to stand out from others on the market by creating a good first impression and generating as much interest as possible. Follow these top tips to help your home attract a buyer.

The exterior of your home

curb appealCurb-appeal

Make sure the front of your home looks inviting, as this is the very first thing that buyers will see when they arrive for their viewing.

  • Tidy hedges
  • Repaint your front door if it’s looking tired
  • Put a house number on or next to your front door
  • Plant a colourful hanging basket
  • Move bins out of view
  • Clear away anything unsightly
  • Ensure your front garden is tidy
  • Clear the driveway

Make the most of your garden

first impressions garden

Gardens can be a great selling point but will make the space look smaller and unloved if they become overgrown. This home (and garden) in Gloucester sold within just 2 days, for well over the asking price and had a number of offers.

  • Declutter any broken pots and hideaway kids’ toys
  • Cut the lawn
  • Power wash decking, patios and garden furniture
  • Plant some tubs
  • Create privacy with trellis or trees
  • Remove moss and weeds 

First impression of the interior of your home

Entranceway

first impressions hallwayAs soon as your potential buyer walks through the door, your home needs to create another welcoming impression. A light, clutter-free hall will give buyers a positive feeling as well as a great lasting impression.

This Barnwood home with a great entranceway sold for over the asking price in under 10 days. 

  • Clear away excess shoes and coats and keep remaining shoes and coats tidy
  • Declutter the space of anything that doesn’t belong
  • If your hallway is narrow, remove any furniture so that buyers can walk through easily.
  • Add a large mirror to reflect light and leave doors to other rooms open to borrow light
  • Add a vase of flowers or a potted plant for some personality.
  • Add a doormat to welcome buyers 

Remove clutter

declutter for a good first impressionLess is more. Buyers need to be able to envisage themselves living in your home and often find this difficult if the rooms are overflowing with personal belongings.


This home in Brockworth recently sold for more than the asking price within just 2 hours of being on the market!

Tidy up your kitchen counters, windowsills, tables, floor space, tops of wardrobes, garage and all other areas on show.

Consider renting a storage unit for a while whilst your home is on the market. Lots of units are available locally, from as little as £10 per week (depending on how much space you need).

If some of your belongings are already boxed up, it will also make things easier when you come to actually move out.

Read more decluttering tips.

Deep clean

first impressions deep cleanMake your home sparkle and look cared-for, paying particular attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.

  • Clean under and behind furniture
  • Clean the windows – don’t let buyers be distracted by dirty glass
  • Touch up scuff marks on skirting boards, walls and doors
  • Clean tile grouting
  • Get carpets professionally cleaned or replaced
  • Clean away any bad smells

Make minor repairs

first impressions selling homeMost buyers want to move in without having to do small DIY projects.

  • Repair holes in walls
  • Replace or tighten door handles
  • Check the doorbell
  • Tighten dripping taps
  • Replace light bulbs

Create a lifestyle look

lifestyle lookYou want your home to look tidy, whilst also looking lived in by happy people. This 2 bedroom home in Churchdown recently sold for significantly over the asking price and received a number of offers during an open house.

  • Have a large mirror or a piece of statement art on the wall
  • Dress your sofa with colourful cushions
  • Include a vase of fresh seasonal flowers
  • Set your dining table with matching crockery, cutlery and glassware

 

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