Whether it’s an interview, date or marketing a home: First impressions are important.

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By Paul Branton, Director of Investor Services for Home Rental Services

I’m guessing you’ve heard the phrase, “You only get one chance at a first impression.” It’s true. It doesn’t matter if it’s for an interview, a date or marketing a home, you’re likely going to get one shot to achieve your goal. (The goal is to win them over by way of a good first impression.)

So, if it’s for that first date, what are you going to do to prepare? I imagine that most of us would likely get a haircut, take a shower, put on a new outfit and wear some perfume or cologne, right? You should view marketing your home in the same light. If you expect your date (the new tenant) to like the property, it needs to look clean and be well put together.

Here are my recommendations for preparing your property so that the prospective new tenant says, “where do I sign?”

  • Give your property a haircut… Clean up the landscaping.
  • Give your property a shower… Freshen up the paint.
  • Buy a new outfit… Update the lighting, appliances, hardware, faucets, flooring, etc.
  • Wear perfume or cologne… Clean the house really well, especially the carpets.

With spring officially starting soon, now is a great time to determine your plans for making that great first impression! I’ve included some before and after photos below for one of our recent projects. I wanted to share an example of the difference these updates can make.

If you need help figuring out what to do or where to start, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We would be happy to help!

Front of House – Before/After

Front - Before Front - After

Front Porch and Door – Before/After

Front Door - Before Front Door - After

Kitchen – Before/After

Kitchen - Before Kitchen - After

Deck – Before/After

Deck - Before Deck - After