First Impressions:They really do matter!


"You don't get a second chance to make a first impression," says James Uleman, PhD, a psychology professor at New York University and researcher on impression management.






Preparing your home correctly will save time when it comes to selling your home on the market.  A good first impression makes an impact on a number of levels! It’s not just the way your house looks to potential buyers, but how it feels to them, how they imagine friends and family will react to it and how they imagine what it would be like to live there. 

With simple improvements throughout your home (both inside and out), you can grab the attention of potential buyers, and help them to see why your home is the right fit for them.




9 Tips for Selling Your Home!


1. Outdoor Basics:
        -cut the grass
          -remove any clutter from the yard
          -trim hedges, weed gardens

          -wash steps, windows, railings, doors, etc
          -Paint if needed/Restain decking if necessary
          -remove unnecessary clutter from garages

2. Indoor Basics:
-shampoo carpets
          -clean tubs, toilets and showers and hang fresh towels
          -oil squeaky doors
          -fix things like broken hinges and light switches
          -repair leaky faucets
          -dust, dust and dust some more
3. Get a Second Opinion:
As you prepare your home, don’t rely solely on your own judgment.  IT’s hard to be objective when you’re the owner.  Your RE/MAX Associate will have helpful, professional tips on how to make your home more marketable.

4. Use All of Your Senses:
Nothing will turn a buyer away faster than an odd smell.  Try to eliminate smoking, food and pet odors.  If potential buyers see a dog or an ashtray, they’ll be on the lookout for smells and stains.

5. Let there be Light!
Open shades and draperies, open all doors inside the home, and turn on inside and outside lights.  Pro tip: New light fixtures that brighten the interior can be one of the most inexpensive and noticeable improvements you can make to your home.

6. Let Potential Buyers “See” Themselves in Your Home:
Too many personal items can make viewers feel like they’re intruding in someone else’s home.  Keep things clean and simple. Decorate in neutral colors and take down any unnecessary photos.

7. Small Touches Make a Big Difference:
It’s important that the buyer can imagine themselves in your home.  A few small changes can go a long way towards creating an inviting atmosphere.  For example, you can make sure all laundry and toys are put away, arrange some fresh cut flowers on the dining table, brew some coffee for the potential buyers or if you are a baker, lay out some freshly baked goods. Hit them with all the senses!

8. Leave the House For Showings:
When buyers view your home, they’ll be more comfortable and spend more time walking through it if you’re not there.  If you must be present, be as unobtrusive as possible.  Let your RE/MAX agent do the work for you!

9. Keep your Emotions in Check During Negotiations:
Selling your home can bring up all kinds of emotions, but don’t let that get in the way of making a deal that you are satisfied with. Stay professional, and maintain a business-like attitude during the process, and

10. When in doubt, ask your RE/MAX Real Estate professional for help
You don’t have to go through this process alone, and a RE/MAX real estate agent is just a text, or a phone call away for any and all questions about the home selling process. Keep their business card handy

How do I Know What Price to List My House For?
Deciding on the correct selling sprince of a home is a critical factor to achieve the highest price that the market will bear.  To provide a more detailed Comparative Market Analysis, Darcy would be more than happy to assess your listing in person.

          -The more information given, the more accurate the evaluation.  All information you provide is secure and will be kept strictly confidential.
          -Please indicate when you are thinking of selling and if you are moving within Prince Edward Island or relocating outside of the province.


Download the full report below which includes checklists to keep you on track to get your home in tip-top shape to sell!


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