(BPT) - Listing your home for sale? Or want to? First impressions can make the difference in attracting prospective buyers. Many buyers make decisions based on emotion. To appeal to emotions, and make a positive first impression with prospective buyers, present your home at its best.
Get out the toolbox: identify and make repairs
No need to completely remodel the bathroom, but make certain you fix the leaky faucet. Consider an inspection to identify potential problems to correct before they turn away prospects. Making small repairs to sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulk or chipped paint can create a better appearance, without breaking your budget. Install new hardware on kitchen cupboards or worn door handles to update the look.
Create the ”wow-factor” with curb appeal
First impressions begin once people set their eyes on your home’s exterior view. Start by pulling out your gardening gloves and clean up the landscaping. Keep the lawn tidy, trim hedges, pull weeds, clear out leaves and debris, and plant colorful flowers.
Invest in exterior paint to touch up or freshen up your home’s exterior.
The entryway sets the stage for the home, so make yours inviting. Place a new welcome mat outside your front door to greet visitors. Add a bold new entry door or storm door from Pella. The eye-appealing style and energy-saving benefits plus Pella brand name will be an attractive perk to buyers.
Spruce up your space: clean and de-clutter
Clean homes attract buyers. Clean, clutter-free rooms feel more spacious, so pack up extra shoes and holiday decor, then grab cleaning supplies to add the shine. Pay attention to details like bookshelves, bathrooms, closets and pantries, to make sure your home projects a sparkling clean, neat look. Depending on your climate and time of year, open the windows to breathe fresh air into the home.
Highlight energy-efficient upgrades, appliances
In a 2013 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey, homebuyers said they most wanted energy-saving features, like those of ENERGY STAR-rated windows and appliances, or an ENERGY STAR rating for the entire home. Include ENERGY STAR-qualified features, like energy-saving windows, doors and appliances in your home’s listing.
Set the stage
To prepare for an open house or showing, add final touches to make your home memorable. Appeal to the sense of scent by using scented candles or light air fresheners, or simmer cinnamon sticks and orange slices in a pan of water on the stove before prospective buyers arrive. Focus on the details, like putting flowers near the entry, or leaving freshly-baked cookies on the table to make your home feel more welcoming.
Tools to help
As you’re getting your home ready to sell, think about making improvements to help it move. Pella provides handy online design tools to envision replacement window and door options at Pella.com/news. Schedule a convenient in-home consultation to learn how easy it is to replace your windows and doors to add more curb appeal to your home.
For home improvement ideas to update your current home to ready it for sale, or to build or renovate your dream home, visit the Pella Windows Pinterest page, or Pella.com/news to connect with a local Pella representative to discuss your project plans.