Walking into a , clean, clutter free and cared for home will always make a good first impression!

As a real estate agent, showing a home to prospective buyers is always a treat when home owners take the extra time in preparing their house to stand out above the rest and make a memorable first impression.  From the moment buyers see the house an opinion has started to form, is it visually appealing? Does the house look well maintained? Is the landscaping overgrown? Do sellers have too much“stuff”?  Does the house have a funny odor?  These are only a few examples of what buyers notice while house hunting.


First, take a step outside to objectively look at your house, have a pen and notepad handy. Make a list of everything that needs to be cleaned, tidied up, repaired, and painted, make sure to include the landscaping as well.  Walk the entire property so there are no surprises when it comes time for a showing. The outside of your home is the first place buyers look at, if they don’t like what they see on the outside, chances are, they won’t want to go inside.


Now let’s venture indoors.  From the moment you walk in the house what does it feel like? What does it look like? Continue on with your “to do” list. This may include painting, carpet cleaning, having the house professionally cleaned, and “staging” your home. Pack up any extras to store away, too much “stuff” can be distracting, and remember to clean up the garage.

Daily Routine

After completing your indoor and outdoor “to do” lists, don’t let all of your hard work go to waste. Establish a quick 15-20 minute daily routine to keep everything nice and tidy and ready for those last minute showings so you’re always prepared to say,“Yes, of course you can show the house today”, anytime your agent calls.  Make sure to maintain your landscaping weekly. If you have animals, picking up after them is imperative, that means the inside litter box too.


With holidays fast approaching, now is the perfect time to bake that fresh batch of cookies before a showing. Not only will your house smell delicious and inviting, but leaving some out for buyers to snack on is always a nice touch, and an easy way to encourage them to stay a little longer, take a second look around, ask questions, and envision where to put the furniture. Try this Recipe!

For help selling your Bandon Oregon real estate call Beach Loop Realty today at (541) 347-1800. 

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