Martha Knapp

Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, RSPS

MA License: 9538956

Direct: 508-314-3747

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476 Route 28 

Harwich Port, MA  02646

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First Impressions Are Important When Selling Your Home

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Curb Appeal


When a potential Buyer drives up to a listed property, the first few seconds can literally make or break a sale. It is very important that attention has been given to make the exterior of the property as appealing as possible.


  • Cultivate a lawn. Sod isn't necessary but work to eliminate weeds and dirt patches.

  • In cold weather, the walkways should be clear of snow and ice.

  • Trim landscaping so that doors and windows are fully viewable from the street.

  • Don't camouflage your property with too many plants and flowers.

  • Remove any tree limbs near or touching the roof.

  • Clear rain gutters and chimneys.

  • Remove mold on sidewalks, roof and patio.

  • Pressure wash siding, porches, sidewalks and decks.

  • Put away garden equipment and tools.


Interior Staging


  • Upon entering the home, the potential Buyer should be met with a clean, uncluttered and inviting atmosphere. It is very important to understand there is only one opportunity to make a favorable first impression.

  • The front door should be in good repair and the entry area should be warm and inviting, right down to the welcome mat.

  • Clean windows and open curtains and shades to maximize natural light entering the house.

  • Clutter will make a room seem smaller. Remove extra furnishings to give the house a clean, simple appearance. Buyers want to imagine their belongings in the spaces.

  • Bathrooms and kitchens are the most important rooms and should be absolutely spotless.

  • Pay attention to clutter in closets, storage spaces, attics and basements. Lights should be on in these dark areas.

  • Make necessary repairs that can be eyesores. Small things, left undone, can suggest neglect and minimize value.

  • Don't underestimate the value of a fresh coat of paint!







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