Yes, we’ve all heard how much first impressions mean…well since we’re in the “home” business, let’s talk about the first impressions your home is making!
First of all, can your guests find your house number easily? And more importantly, should there ever be an emergency, can fire/police find your house easily? Is there a light illuminating your house number? I can’t tell you how many homes we go too and we can’t find a house number…in an emergency it needs to be found quickly!
When guests walk up to your front door, is it inviting? Have you power washed the exterior lately? What about the front door? Does it need painting or just a good cleaning? Can your guests easily find the door bell? Fresh flowers in a pot helps brighten up those little corners at your front door as well. Lighting is also important, not only for your guests, but for you and your family. Is there sufficient light so you can see who is at your front door at night? Good lighting so when your guests come to or leave your home they can see well enough?
And what about the walk up to your front door? At night can your guests see well? If they have to park on the street, is there an easy path to your front door? Is the path way even, no areas where someone could trip and fall?
What about your landscaping? Are there dead plants, weeds everywhere? If you don’t have time to maintain, put in low maintenance plants and made sure you spend the money on really good weed control so you don’t have to keep weeding your beds. Make sure your the soil in your beds aren’t above the brick/siding line of your home as well, this could allow water to seep in very easily. Also, just keeping shrubs away from the house helps those pesky insects not have such an easy time gaining entry…or the lovely squirrels (and other furry rodents) getting to your home and “nesting”! And don’t forget about those plants that just seem to reach out and GRAB you when you’re walking by! Even from a safety standpoint, you want to make sure that you can see around your shrubs and that others can see your home. Shrubs that have grown up in front of the windows in your home can be hiding place…
Once inside your home, what are the first things that your guests see? What about smells? Did someone just burn popcorn…we all know how horrific that smell is…we’ve done it here in the office and it takes days to remove that smell! Clear the entry of clutter, have an area where your guest can take a coat off, put down their bag. And if you have animals, you may not be able to “smell” them, but that might be the first thing that hits your guests when you open the door. Many people will tell you that your animals are okay, but really watch their body language. If your animals aren’t used to children, you might think about putting them in another area of your home. Also, many people have allergies and while they don’t want to offend you, they could be suffering silently and end up having to cut their visit with you.
I talked earlier about the outside of the house, but don’t forget the inside…does your home need a fresh coat of paint? If you are going to repaint, choose a very good quality paint that will allow you to “scrub” some of those inevitable “dirt” spots off! Maybe all you need is just de-cluttering? When a home is picked up and tidy, it hides a multitude of “problems”!
Making a good impression doesn’t involve a lot of money, but it does require some time and maintenance…whether you do it or hire someone else to do it! Come back to check out our maintenance recommendations in the future!