First impressions are crucial in the real estate field — especially during the first couple of weeks that the home is listed, when activity is at its high point. Sellers must ensure that prospective buyers and real estate agents view the home in its best light, but creating a good first impression does not have to cost a lot of money. The house should be clean to the point where it would satisfy the pickiest person, and it should be organized, which requires the seller to de-clutter. Sellers should remove collectibles and other extraneous items to storage, for instance. With buyers likely to pay attention to the most minor details, even the smallest repairs should be made. Finally, the home should be refreshed, which involves replacing worn out switch plates and other small items and working their way up to larger items. These improvements require a lot of time and effort, but homes that make good first impressions generally sell faster and for more money. | Read More