Amy Cimetta, Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

Maximize First Impressions

A home that shows exceptionally well arouses the prospects’ emotional desires to buy more quickly and at a better price.

Exterior and Curb Appeal

Experts say most buyers make their decision at first sight.

  • Prospective buyers will react well to signs that your home has been meticulously maintained.
  • 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.
  • Items such as garbage cans that are 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; wash screens and windows.
  • Repair any peeling paint or loose caulking on windows or other areas.
  • Take steps to eliminate insect or rodent pests.
  • Pick up after your pets or neighborhood 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 and frame.
  • Consider adding pots of flowering plants in the entryway.
  • Eliminate cobwebs and groom doorway area windows, porch light or decorative glass.

Interior Appeal

Once inside, experts say most buyers are affirming 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 into storage.
  • Clear kitchen counters of everything other than perhaps a few very 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 are 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 colored walls, windows, and floor coverings with a light neutral shade. Bright rooms look bigger, and neutral colors help buyers envision their own furnishings and dĂ©cor.
  • Repair dripping faucets, burned out 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 bath, and fresh baked cookies or cinnamon in the kitchen can make your home more inviting.
  • Keep fresh towels in the bathroom.


Keep an attractive set of towels in each bathroom to be brought out only for showings.

Amy Cimetta

Amy Cimetta

Broker Associate, MBA


License: 01774767

Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

2501 N. Sepulveda Blvd, 2nd Floor
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

310.542.9054 direct

310.428.8804 cell

“I have bought and sold many houses and Amy is the best agent I've ever had.”

-Jeannette Christensen
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