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Making a Good First Impression

If you want buyers to be interested in your home, you need to show it in its best light. A good first impression can influence a buyer both emotionally and visually, thus prompting them to make an offer. In addition, what the buyer first sees is what they think of when they consider the asking price.

A bad first impression can dissuade a potential buyer. Don’t show your property until it’s all fixed up. You do not want to give buyers the chance to use the negative first impression they have as means of negotiation.

Ask around for the opinions others have of your home. Real estate agents who see houses everyday can give solid advice on what needs to be done. Consider what architects or landscape designers have to say. What you need are objective opinions, and it’s sometimes hard to separate the personal and emotional ties you have for the home from the property itself.

Typically, there are some general fix ups that need to be done both outside and on the inside. As a seller, you should consider the following:

  • Landscaping - Has the front yard been maintained? Are areas of the house visible to the street in good condition?
  • Cleaning or Redoing the driveway - Is your driveway cluttered with toys, tools, trash etc.?
  • Painting - Does both the exterior and the interior look like they have been well taken care of?
  • Carpeting - Does the carpet have stains? Or does the carpet look old and dirty?
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Roy Nowers 319-350-4042
Claudette Roby 319-360-0101
Diana Hansen 319-350-9654
Skogman Realty
110 Dina CT Ste A
Cedar Rapids, IA 52411
Fax: 319-364-7613
Email: robyteam@skogman.com

Testimonials

"I have been so thankful to hire such excellent Realtors that have listened to my every need. In an economy that has frustrated many of us you have stayed upbeat and positive. I have appreciated the attention to detail that you provided in our listings and the GREAT marketing materials you showed the community to make our homes widely viewed. It is obvious why you have been in the business so long. Thanks so much for all your help." Amy Garmin
"I have worked with the Roby Team for several years in the purchase and sale of multiple properties and thoroughly enjoy our business relationship. They keep me up to date on the market conditions and move quickly when we see and advantageous purchase. Their rapport with the other agents in the community allows them to negotiate offers and deliver results in a timely manner. When they market my properties they are able to give me advice in presentation as well as pricing to sell quickly. Their marketing plan is extensive and first rate. I have been pleased with their attention to detail and overall service and will continue to work with them in the future." Justin Duckett
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