The Key to Selling Your Home: A Great First Impression

Have you ever been house hunting and come across a home where the siding was dirty, the lawn and landscaping looked like a war zone, and the inside looked like it was hit by a tornado?  Chances are you crossed that property off your list pretty quick.

So now that it’s your turn to sell, are prospective buyers crossing your home off their list?

Granted, it’s a great time to sell in the Truckee and Lake Tahoe area as home sales are up and top Tahoe Truckee Real Estate agent Bob Ellis is committed to making your home sale a reality, but you will still want to do your part to help your home sell quick.

Below are a few things you can do to help make a great first impression on any buyer:

Beautify the Exterior

It may seem like common sense, but when it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is extremely important. You’ll want to make the exterior of your Tahoe Truckee home look clean and inviting.  Here are a few things you can do to spruce up the exterior:

  • Mow and water the lawn.
  • Trim trees and if you have flowers, water them and clean up trash and debris.
  • Clean up along the street curb, sidewalks, and entry paths.
  • Wash exterior windows and doors.
  • Store any equipment or tools out of sight.
  • Wash your home’s exterior or consider painting if it’s really looking worn.

Make the Inside Welcoming

You did such a good job making a great impression with the exterior of the house, the buyer is ready to see the interior. This is where doing a few simple things can make your house welcoming and cozy:

  • Wash the carpets with a deodorizing shampoo.
  • Clean tile floors including the grout.
  • Remove spider webs from the ceilings and walls.
  • Arrange your furniture and get rid of pieces that are broken or unsightly.
  • Organize and clean carpets.
  • Tidy up the garage, basement, and attic.
  • Clean the interiors of all windows and open them up to let fresh air in.
  • If you have pets, give them a bath.
  • Put fragrance in your air conditioning system.

Repair and Replace Where Necessary

What may seem cozy and homey to you may look broken and in need of repair to others. Take a walk around your home and take a fresh look at anything that may need some attention:

  • Broken or missing doors
  • Damaged or missing cabinet handles
  • Cracks or stains in ceilings
  • Dirty ventilation filters
  • Broken tiles in bathroom and kitchen
  • Leaking or non-functioning faucets
  • Faded or peeling wallpaper

Get a Second Opinion

Sure, you think your home looks great. But a good way to see if your house is ready for buyers is to ask friends, family, or neighbors to take a look at it and offer suggestions.

Additionally, you may want to consider investing in a professional home stager who can have your home looking sell-ready in no time to help sell your house quickly.  Top Truckee Realtor, Bob Ellis can help you find a professional stager if you want to have this service completed.

Let’s face it: no one wants to scare potential buyers away from their home. Take the time now to make it sell-ready and you’ll be inviting them to your doorstep instead of scaring them to someone else’s.


Top California Realtor Bob Ellis provides a superior level of informed, professional real estate services to buyers and sellers in the greater Truckee and Lake Tahoe areas. Whether it’s lakefront estates, a Lake Tahoe vacation home or vacation rental investments, turn to Bob to help you find the best value in the Lake Tahoe, Northstar, and Truckee, California areas.






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