A First Impression is a Lasting Impression- Home Selling Tips

By Melissa Williams

They say you get one chance to make a first impression, this couldn’t be truer when selling your home. There are quite a few items that can be done to help you get the most money for home, along with producing a quick sale.

  • Declutter- Your goal is to have potential buyers view your home and see as much livable space as possible. Consider removing big pieces of furniture if it means it will make the room appear larger or open up rooms by rearranging furniture to increase the feeling of roominess.  Organize your closets, pantry, and drawers, as potential buyers will be looking in these spots.
  • Paint- Paint your home a neutral color. Consider a light and bright neutral color; your goal is to make your home as appealing to as many people as possible.
  • Add color! Although, you want to keep your walls neutral, a little bit of color is helpful. Add color in conspicuous ways, such as adding colored throw pillows, towels, art, and/or décor.
  • Price your home competitively. Your Realtor will do a market analysis to see what similar homes in your neighborhood are selling for. It is important to price your home competitively to achieve a quick sale.
  • Repair- It is better to repair any known issues prior to going on the market in order to avoid any future potential issues. Preliminary repairs will also help boost the buyer’s confidence that the home has been well maintained.
  • Curb appeal-  This is the very first impression of your home, make it count.Boost your homes curb appeal, consider adding planters, planting flowers, weeding if needed, and mulching.


Along with the above items, you’ll also want to prepare your homes for showings to make it as appealing and welcoming as possible. 

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  • Clean. Prior to any showings make sure your home is very tidy and clean. Leave your home in show ready condition at all times to accommodate for last minute showings. Who doesn’t love that fresh clean look and smell?
  • Light. Turn on all lights for showings and open all blinds and curtains. 
  • Smell. Light a homey smelling candle or bake some chocolate chip cookies.  A good smelling home, can leave a long-lasting impression.
  • Sound. Play soft music in the background, think Michael Bublé  or classical music. 
  • Feel. Consider leaving a letter for potential buyers about the things you love most about the home and the area.


If you are have any questions about selling your home, please contact Melissa Williams at 224.235.2448 or mwilliams@honoreproperties.com.