In a market where sellers are in competition to make the most out of their largest investment, improving your home's first impression is one of the best ways to set it apart from the rest of the pack. The first impression is critical in setting the mood for perspective agents and buyers. If the home's exterior looks like it needs work the people assume it is a 'fixer-upper'. The opposite is true if the front yard is manicured, the roof in good shape and the driveway in good condition. Having a buyer walk to the front door in a positive mode can translate into big dollars.

Keep in mind that you are only trying to create an excellent first impression. This isn't the time to realize your landscaping dreams. One of the easiest ways is to have a clean and tidy front yard with a manicured lawn. Or consider a new paint job, a new front door or at least updated hardware and even something as simple as full and healthy planters can make a favourable impact.

The goal is to create an emotional connection at the first glance of any prospective buyer, so before you put the sign on the front lawn, be sure to spend enough time at the curb.

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