We staged a whole home recently, which makes me think about the importance of first impressions. Now-a-days most buyers become aware of properties through on-line searches. House hunters decide in a few seconds whether they are interested in learning more about a property and whether to book an appointment. The exterior picture that comes up first in electronic media really needs to capture the attention of buyers or they won’t slow down to click further.
Another way people learn about new listings is driving around neighborhoods. That’s why when I work with staging clients we start by standing outside at the street and looking at the house from all angles. Good questions to ask are: Is the yard neat and tidy? Are pathways and entrances clear? Would I feel welcome and comfortable in this home? If not, some elbow grease often goes a long way toward improving your home’s curb appeal.
First impressions are also important when living in your home. Ideally as you approach your home, you feel a sense of relief. If instead you immediately see projects to do and work to be done, your stress level and negative self-talk will go up. In this case, consider spending some time calming the spaces that greet you. Clearing out your garage and entryways can go a long way toward helping you feel more relaxed. Finding what you need and putting items away when not in use will also be easier.
Every little bit that you do to improve your home’s first impressions will help you and everyone who visits feel more welcome and comfortable. If you need help prioritizing projects, please reach out to me. I’d love to help you.
In love and light, Lisa
Master Bedroom “Before” Staging
Master Bedroom “After” Staging