We've all heard that first impressions go a long way! They are so important in many daily interactions and VERY important when selling your home. With our own homes, we often get used to a condition or overlook things because we see them every day....kind of like getting your house ready for a party and noticing the fingerprints on the door that have always been there. Or, not thinking the house is too messy until unexpected company shows up! So, when selling your home, it is best to look at it through a fresh set of eyes. There are all types of people with different personality traits who will be viewing your home, people who are very tidy and detailed, who notice every little thing and people who aren't. The best advice that I can give you is to pretend you are a buyer looking at your home for the first time. Does the driveway need more gravel, could the black top use a new top coat? Do the decks need to be stained? These are all important items to keep in mind. When buyers walk to the front door if the home needs work, they start adding up the cost to address these items and deducting them from the price of the home. The cost to fix these items is often far less than buyers think it will be. You can always ask a friend or real estate agent for help!