How to Impress Potential Home Buyers

If your home is on the market, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Your home’s curb appeal is the first feature potential buyers see. On a recent “How to Impress Potential Home Buyers” segment of the Marilyn Denis Show, Scott McGillivray, host of HGTV’s Income Property, shared his real estate secrets.

“Depending on your skill level, there are plenty of DIY projects that you can take on over the weekend that will prep your home for sale,” says McGillivray. But remember, buyers want curb appeal. “It’s what will get them to come see the listing and it’s what will get them through the door,” he adds. Here are a few simple upgrades McGillivray recommends you can do as a “weekend warrior” to make the most of your real estate investment, add value, increase your curb appeal and increase the potential of selling your home — without over investing.

  • Paint your door.
    A fresh coat of paint in a vibrant color makes your home stand out for the right reasons and hints at the fact that it’s well maintained.
  • Add outdoor seating.
    Consider adding a small, modest table set and some throw pillows to help “tell a story” and add a relaxing, friendly look to your home.
  • Upgrade your hardware.
    New door hardware is an easy and affordable upgrade that also improves the security of your home.
  • Accessorize accordingly.
    Make your exterior lights, house numbers, door knocker, doorbell and so on, all consistent in style for better impact.

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Fixture upgrades are one of the top five return on investment (ROI) projects that you can do yourself to prep your home for sale without over investing. Watch Scott’s video segment on Marilyn Live and see how upgrading and replacing the “jewelry of the room” such as your cabinet hardware, door hardware, faucets, and light fixtures, add a surprising amount of value to your home.