How much should you spend In preparing your home for the market?

 Spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they aren't likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive "polishes" and "touch-ups" to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. I am familiar with buyers' expectations in your neighborhood, and I can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made.

Don't hesitate to ask me for advice!!


Tip #3:  How you can ensure that your home

will make the Best First Impression possible!

Use Your Nose

Many people are oblivious to scents, but others are extremely sensitive to offensive odors. To eliminate bad smells, bathe your pets, freshen the cat litter box frequently, shampoo your carpets, dry clean your drapes, and empty trash cans, recycling bins and ash trays. Place open boxes of baking soda in smell-prone areas, and refrain from cooking fish or strong-smelling foods. Introduce pleasing smells by placing flowers or potpourri in your home and using air fresheners. Baking a fresh or frozen pie or some other fragrant treat is another common tactic. ​


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Tip Tip #2:  How you can ensure that your home will make the Best First Impression possible!

Clear Out the Clutter

Real estate agents say buyers won't purchase a home they can't see.  If your home has too much furniture, overflowing closets, crowded kitchen and bathroom countertops or lots of family photos or collectibles on display, potential buyers won't be able to see your home.  Get rid of anything you don't need or use.  Fill up your garage or rent some off-site storage space if that's what it takes to clear out your home.  This not only helps get your home sold but helps you start on your packing that you'll need to do when your home gets sold!

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First Impressions in Selling Your Home!

The Importance of First Impressions in Selling Your Home?

Put yourself in the Buyer's shoes:  

If they don't care for the Exterior of your home they are not going to want to see the Interior as they figure that is how it will also look!

Only a bit of TLC and perhaps a few bucks can make your home look like a thousand more bucks, therefore getting you a Better Price and selling in a shorter amount of time!


You only have one chance to give your buyers a good impression.  You should make it a great one!  As a real estate agent, I have seen the importance of staging a home when selling.  I have personally seen the difference it makes within the price and the length of the selling time.  Sellers have the tendency to frown at the idea of staging their home.  They feel it will cost too much money, be too much work, and they don’t understand the value that it adds.  Oh, and did I mention that they think their house is already decorated perfectly.  Wouldn’t they, seeing they are the ones who decorated it!

Let’s review why all this is not correct:

Cost too much?  It does not cost nearly as much as your first price reduction would be.   Let’s prevent that price reduction and stage it from the beginning.
Too much work?  It is the same amount of work you would have to do when your home is sold.  Decluttering should be thought of just as early packing and will save you time down the road.  Cleaning needs to be done consistently throughout the process anyway.  Declutter it and keep it clean!
Decorating?  We understand you enjoy living in your home the way it is.  See it this way, decorating is for living and staging is for selling. 
Added value?  Staged homes sell faster, which prevent price reductions that can happen the longer a home stays on the market.

 Don’t lose time.  Don’t lose money.  Stage it and get your home sold!


Tip #4:  How you can ensure that your home

will make the Best First Impression possible!

Make All Necessary Repairs

Buyers expect everything in their new home to operate safely and properly.  Picky buyers definitely will notice-and likely magnify -- minor maintenance problems you've ignored for months or even years.  Leaky faucets, burned-out light bulbs, painted-shut or broken windows, inoperable appliances and the like should be fixed before you put your home on the market.  These repairs may seem small, but left undone they can lead buyers to question whether you've taken good care of your home

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Lori Canetti Smith



& Renovation!

She joins the company with a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of North Carolina bringing her exceptional knowledge of the real estate business.  Lori will be working under broker Beth Hocking to better serve all of your residential real estate needs.​​

First Impressions in Selling Your Home!


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Tip #5:  How you can ensure that your home

will make the Best First Impression possible!

​​Introduce Lifestyle Accessories & Make Your Home As Comfortable & Attractive As Possible.

Set the dining room table with your best dishes. Put out your only-for-company towels. Make up the spare bed. Hang some fresh curtains. Put some logs in the fireplace. Use your imagination.

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Tip #6:  How you can ensure that your home

will make the Best First Impression


See Your House From A Buyer's-Eye View.

Walk up to your home and pretend you've never seen it before. What do you notice? How do you feel about what you see? Does the home seem inviting? Well-maintained? Would you want to buy this home? Your answer should be an enthusiastic yes!​​


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Making a good first impression can mean the difference between receiving serious offers for your home or being subjected to months of lookie-loos dropping by but never buying.
How can you ensure that your home will make the Best First Impression possible? We have 6 tips for you to be a savvy home seller:

Focus on Curb Appeal

The outside of your house can be the source of a very good first impression. Keep the grass well-watered and mowed. Have your trees trimmed. Cut back overgrowth. Plant some blooming flowers. Store toys, bicycles, roller-skates, gardening equipment and the like out of sight. Have at least the front of your house and the trim painted, if necessary. Sweep the porch and the front walkway. After dark, turn on your front porch light and any other exterior lighting. 

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