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11548 COLE Road, Atlantic, PA 16111

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Did you know that within 15 seconds a buyer has already developed an opinion of your property? This is why establishing the right first impression is critical to achieving a successful sale. Following is a list of elements which create the overall first impression, including suggestions on how to make sure the buyer reacts favorably.

A fresh coat of paint can be one of the best investments you can make to increase the value of your home.

If you do not want to spend the money to paint the entire home, consider just the entry at least.

Windows

Attractive windows can help increase appeal.

  • Replace any cracked or broken glass.
  • Make sure the windows are sparkling clean.
  • Apply touch–up paint where needed.
Doorway
The doorway is a focal point of your house.
  • Repaint the door.
  • Apply new door hardware.
  • Install a brass kick plate.
  • Install a new front light fixture.
Appeal to the Senses
There are many ways to create a more exciting and saleable interior, at surprisingly little cost.
 
Light
People react more favorably to property shown under bright light than dark.
 
Keep windows clean.
  • Use adequate wattage in light bulbs.
  • Consider replacing older fluorescent lamps, which darken with use.
  • Use mirrors to magnify the feeling of light and space.
  • Use track lights to create a high-tech look.
  • Use light wall colors.
  • Open drapes and blinds and turn on lights prior to showings
Color
Keep colors neutral and light.
  • Shades of white, off–white and very light pastels are the safest choices for the interior.
  • Avoid highly patterned wallpaper whenever possible.
  • Try to limit bright colors to accents like fresh flowers, towels, area rugs and shower curtains.
Sound
The sounds of peace and quiet are some of the best sounds to have when your home is being shown to a prospective buyer. But there are other sound considerations you should also be aware of.
  • Avoid barking dogs and noisy children, if possible.
  • Also avoid sounds of work like vacuums, dishwashers and lawn mowers.
  • Make sure there are no sounds of mechanical problems like banging pipes or faulty appliances.
  • Light classical or instrumental music can be effective in creating a pleasing atmosphere.
Smell
Smell has more impact than you might expect. It can work for or against you.
  • The smell of newness is positive. This scent can be achieved by applying a fresh coat of polyurethane to natural wood or latex paint to walls.
  • The smell of cleanliness is important to the selling environment of your house. Beyond actually cleaning, lemon oil or lemon wax can help create a lasting scent of freshness. Fresh flowers can also be effective.
  • For a real heart–warming touch, place a dish of vanilla in a warm oven to create the aroma of fresh–baked cookies or bread.
  • Sweeten the refrigerator with a box of baking soda.
  • Smells to avoid include strong pet odors, tobacco, and cooking oil or gas.
Packaging the Interior Entry
The entry is where the first impression of the interior is created. Here you have the opportunity to make a big statement in a small area.
  • Repaint the entry using light, neutral colors.
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