Rocky View Real Estate

tammy forrest
RE/MAX Rocky View Real Estate
540 2nd Ave SE
Airdrie, AB
T4B 2C2 CA

first impressions count!

Experts say most buyers make their decision at first sight!
general exterior
  • Prospective buyers will react well to signs your home has been meticulously maintained.
  • Manicure landscaping: mow, edge and water lawn, trim hedges, weed and fertilize flowerbeds, and prune trees.
  • Keep driveway clean and free of parked cars, and keep the garage door closed.
  • Repair or replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • Minimize cracks or crumbling on walkways, walls, or steps, and keep them clean and free of obstructions like toys or snow.
  • Items from RV's to waste cans left out can contribute to a cluttered or busy appearance.  Make sure that from the street, your property appears clear.
  • Inspect appearance of interior window coverings from the curb.
  • Take steps to eliminate insect or rodent pests.
  • Pick up after your pets and neighbourhood animals.
  • While agents work the lockbox for a key, buyers have idle time to notice details.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
  • Consider adding pots of flowering plants to the entryway, if weather permits.
  • Eliminate cobwebs and groom doorway area windows, porch light, or decorative glass.


Once inside, experts say most buyers are reaffirming their curbside decision.



clean, clear, light and bright
  • Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter.  Hiring a cleaning service may pay for itself by adding to a buyer's perceived value of your home.
  • For a sleeker, more spacious look, consider placing furniture from crowded rooms in storage.
  • Clear kitchen counters of everything other than perhaps a few pretty items.  Ask yourself, "In a model home, would a professional decorator put your choice of items out on the counter?"
  • Remember, closets will be opened!  Keep closets, cupboards, and even your attic orderly and neat.  Since you're anticipating a move anyway, consider holding a garage sale or boxing and storing unused belongings.
  • If necessary, repaint or clean/replace dingy, soiled or strongly coloured walls, and window and floor coverings with a light, neutral shade.  Bright rooms look bigger and neutral colours help buyers envision their own furnishings and decor.
  • Repair dripping faucets, burned out light bulbs, or cracked windowpanes.
  • Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, and tiles.


warm and homey
  • Subtle scents of potpourri in bedrooms or baths and fresh baked cookies or cinnamon in the kitchen can make your home more inviting.
  • Keep an attractive set of towels in each bathroom to be brought out only for showings.