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Home Traits to Make a Good Impression

Posted by Amanda Hicks on Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 2:56pm.

Looking to sell your home? It takes just 26 seconds for buyers to form an opinion of your house when they come through the door. Make a good first impression with these 4 tips from the Florida Association of Realtors:

1. A styled entryway

The first thing a guest sees is the entryway, which is why it should be deliberately designed. The entryway should be be bright, organized, and welcoming with neutrality. Decor is a great way to accomplish this. Instead of mismatched frames and trying to fit together odds and ends, pair things specifically and hang a mirror to make the space look larger and brighter. 

2. White paint

Paint color makes a big impact on home value. A Zillow Digs study found that interior colors like gray can reduce the value of a home by more than a thousand dollars. However, colors like white, ivory, and eggshell tend to create a more inviting space. Lighting also affects the way we see the intensity of paint, so choose floor lamps with proper bulbs to make gray shades, for example, look brighter and more attractive.

3. An uplifting scent

Don't overlook your other senses; fragrance is an important factor that influences visitors. A Trulia study found 30% of realtors said scent was the single-most important sense during an open house, and vanilla and fresh scents were the most appealing to potential buyers. Infusers in the entryway and living room are a good way to give your home a refreshing smell. Tip: Flowers not only add a nice light scent to the space, but also makes the home more welcoming. 

4. Thoughtful touches

If you're showing your home furnished, things like a nicely made bed and freshly dusted furniture can have a bigger impact than you'd think. Neatness, cleanliness and organization are key to making a lasting impression on guests. The portrayal of the house is based upon these factors, and you want your potential homebuyers to envision themselves at their best in the home. 

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