how your home can make better first impressions

Whether you’re looking to sell your home or you simply want to make the most of the home you have for yourself and your family, it’s always worth thinking about how you can improve it. And one area in which it makes sense for homeowners to improve their homes is through the first impressions they’re able to deliver.

So what does it take to ensure your home gives off the right kinds of first impressions? That’s a tough question to answer and one that you might be struggling with right now. The truth is there’s not just one thing that goes into creating good first impressions; it’s more about the overall package.

We’re going to talk today about some of the things you can do to make your home more appealing at first sight. And a lot of these changes will also improve your living experience in the home too. So read on to find out more.

Go the Extra Mile with Your Floors

One of the first things that people tend to see and look at when they step into your home are the floors. These are important because we all look down and see them as we take in a space and judge it subconsciously. So that’s why you’ll want to go the extra mile with your flooring and make it as strong as it possibly can be. Doing so will certainly pay off for you. Whether that means laying some nice tiles or exposing and restoring the original floorboards is up to you.

Keep it Well Cleaned

The inside and the outside of your home will benefit a lot from being kept properly clean at all times. If the space isn’t properly clean, people will notice it right away. And that’s why it might be a good idea to invest in a pressure washer so you can really take on the dirt and grime on the outside of your home. You’ll be astounded at how much of a difference it makes, and a pressure washer is great for cleaning the driveway and any of the paths around and leading up to your home as well.

Create a Well-Lit Entrance

You should want the entrance to your home to be light and well-lit if you want to make some positive first impressions. That applies to the outside and the inside. So think about the porch area and whether a small light is needed there for when arriving after dark. And when it comes to the inside, having a light hanging from the ceiling can offer the light you need as well as creating a nice visual effect. Either way, you should make the introduction to your home as bright and light as it can be.

Take Steps to Declutter It

If your home is full of clutter, it’s going to be quite difficult for you to get the most out of it. And it’ll make first impressions far less favorable than they might otherwise be. Start with the outdoor space and ensure you don’t have any lawn clutter or toys that are making your front garden look messy. From there, tackle your home and get rid of everything that you don’t really need or that doesn’t have a useful place in your home.

Pay Attention to the Scent

The scent in your home is something else that’ll have a big impact on the overall first impressions the home creates. It’s up to you to make sure that you have a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the home and the scent of it will definitely play a part in that. The right scent is the one that offers what you’re looking for and that makes the home feel welcoming. It might be lavender or maybe the scent of freshly baked bread. That’s something only you can decide on.

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Work on the Exterior Landscape

Before people see the inside of your home, they’ll see the exterior and the way in which the greenery is presented. If you’re not much of a gardener and you don’t have green fingers, it might be a good idea to hire a professional gardener who’ll be able to take care of this stuff for you. The main aim when working on the landscaping of your exterior space is to make the home look well looked after and manicured. Nicely shaped hedges and a landscaped lawn will help to make that possible.

Replace and Upgrade the Front Door of the Home

It’s often a  good idea to think about the front door and the visual impact it has when you’re looking to boost first impressions. Replacing the door with something new and more modern can make a difference. But what matters most is making sure it has an impact and fits in with the overall aesthetic you’re trying to achieve throughout the home. It’s also vital you work with the best door replacement company you can find in order to achieve the best outcomes when the work is done.

Do Something New with Your House Number

If it’s been a long time since you did something different with the house number on the front of your home, it might be time to do something about that. With a fresh new number you can make the exterior of the property look and feel far more appealing, and that’s never a bad thing. It can be elegant or dramatic or whatever you want it to be. But it should fit in with the design of the home and the overall aesthetic you’re looking to achieve. People notice those kinds of things.

Invest in Quality Windows

High-quality windows will always serve you well when it comes to creating a home you can love and be proud of. People will notice the fresh new frames and the clean aesthetic that come with new windows. It really pays off to think about buying new windows if the ones you currently have in place are old and starting to decay a little around the edges. That’s certainly not what you want to be contending with later on and they’ll certainly damage the first impressions your home gives.

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Keep Plants or Fresh Flowers in the Home

When people enter a room and see flowers and houseplants, their attention is drawn to those things. It adds a touch of nature to the space and really adds an important element in an understated way. It’s a simple thing that anyone can do and it’ll make your space so much more inviting that it would otherwise be. That’s not an easy thing to achieve, but the right flowers and plants can make it happen.

Think About the Pathway Leading Up to the Home

First impressions are established to some extent before a person even steps into your home, and that’s why it’s important to work on the pathway leading up to it if you can. There are lots of ways to improve the pathway, such as adding new paving stones, adding small lights along the way to light up the path at night. It’s up to you, but do what you can to create an approach that’s fitting for your home and that delivers the first impressions you’re looking for.

Fix What’s Broken

If there are occasionally issues that arise in and around your home, you should try to deal with them sooner rather than later. When something’s broken or no longer functioning as it should, that’s a sign that you should step in and get it fixed at the soonest opportunity. That could mean doing the work to carry out the fix yourself or it might mean calling in a professional. But if you ignore those minor issues, they’ll only get worse until they eventually cause you big problems that are very costly to fix.

Pay Attention to Signs of Exterior Wear

The home’s exterior will no doubt show signs of ageing and wear as the years pass. It’s up to you to find ways to maintain that exterior and keep it looking fresh and in check for as long as possible. Paying attending and tending to issues as and when you see them will help you to keep that exterior appearance in check. 

Use Signature Art Pieces

Finally, you could think about potentially adding a new art piece that acts as a signature item in the living room or maybe in the hallway as people enter. That way, it acts as part of the first impressions people get when seeing your home for the first time, and that can only be a good thing. Choose a piece that says something about you and makes a wider statement about your interests and aesthetic preferences

So if you’re looking to make your home’s first impressions stronger for whatever reason, you should be sure to make the most of the tips and ideas that have been discussed here. Each of them will help you to improve your home and its overall vibe in one way or another.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.01.05 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.01.37 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.01.54 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.02.22 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.03.16 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.03.44 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.04.35 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.04.58 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.05.41 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.06.02 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.06.40 AMHey guys, we finally did it! Our home, Little Green, is officially on the market! I sort of thought that this day would never come, only because we were so close to listing it before and I completely backed out. The truth is that about two months ago, we had put an offer on an acreage. My husband absolutely loved it, and it checked all of our boxes for what our dream home must have. However, I did not share my husband’s enthusiasm. Knowing that Little Green was going to someone else, while I preferred it over the acreage that we were bidding on, almost destroyed me. Suffice it to say that it didn’t end up being listed because we didn’t get the house in the end. 

I have some real estate news that I am keeping a secret from you. I have one more acreage post to show you, before I publish the big reveal in our house hunting drama. It’s good news though, I promise. In the meantime, here is a more complete look at our home. Over the past year I have been showing you bits and pieces of Little Green. From our new bedroom, to our staircase, to our decor here and here, to my guest post on Hello, Mr. Rabbit. The latter was a complete house tour, but since then, I have changed the look of our home. Does anyone else get restless and move furniture around every few weeks or months like I do? Anyway, here is the most updated view of Little Green. I hope that you enjoy this glance, and stay tuned for my announcement!

Emory 

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