10:10 Economy: Spring Sale

The upcoming Spring season usually means more home buyers. Unfortunately the current economic outlook also means more sellers. A local realty expert gives some good advice on how some easy steps separate us from others trying to move on, by moving out.

“You get only one chance to make that first impression.”

Gambino Realtors President Jon Krause offers several ideas to increase that initial impression. But, he says there’s something you should do first. While it seems pretty trivial, it could give you just the perspective you need to put your home in the best possible light.

"Spend a few minutes standing in front of the curb outside of your house and just get a good view of the impression that the home makes from the curb. And also go stand at your front door. Many of us don't use our front door very often. We usually come in through the garage or some other method. Buyers typically will be coming in the front door. Sometimes some cobwebs have developed or perhaps the door needs a fresh coat of paint, maybe a new door mat. All those kinds of things can help give a better first impression for a buyer who's coming in through the front door."

Krause offers other easy low cost suggestions. For instance, open up you drapes and blinds and make sure your windows sparkle. Make sure you eliminate any odors, like from smoke or pets. You can make your home look bigger by removing some furniture. Your counters can appear bigger by removing clutter, and your closes can look better by removing your out of season clothes.

Also, if you do paint, Krause suggests using neutral colors because anything else could shrink your buying pool.

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