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Making a Good First Impression

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If you want buyers to be interested in your home, you need to show it in its best light. A good first impression can influence a buyer into making an offer; it influences a buyer emotionally and visually. In addition, what the buyer first sees is what they think of when they consider the asking price.

A bad first impression can dissuade a potential buyer. Don’t show your property until it’s all fixed up. You do not want to give buyers the chance to use the negative first impression they have as means of negotiation.

Ask around for the opinions others have of your home. Real estate agents who see houses everyday can give solid advice on what needs to be done. Consider what architects or landscape designers have to say. What you need are objective opinions, and it’s sometimes hard to separate the personal and emotional ties you have for the home from the property itself.

Typically, there are some general fix ups that need to be done both outside and on the inside. As a seller, you should consider the following:

Landscaping – Has the front yard been maintained? Are areas of the house visible to the street in good condition?

Cleaning or Redoing the driveway – Is your driveway cluttered with toys, tools, trash etc.?

Painting – Does both the exterior and the interior look like they have been well taken care of?

Carpeting – Does the carpet have stains? Or does the carpet look old and dirty?

Considering Offers To Buy Your Home

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When reading an offer for your home, keep in mind that you are out to get the best price AND the best terms for you. If you focus solely on the price, you may overlook terms that could be favorable to you as a buyer.

Some terms that may work in your favor:

  • higher-than-market-interest in a second mortgage for your home
  • the home buyer will pay for most or all of the closing costs
  • the home buyer will take care of any repairs
  • quick close – the buyer is pre-approved and ready to close in a time that best suits you
  • all-cash deal

When reading through offers, remember to look at the whole package. Take the time that you need to assess what is being offered and if it meets your needs.