The Daffodils are out and the leaves are beginning to return to the trees. This time of year can be ideal to begin marketing your property.

Once your home is listed and the For Sale sign is firmly implanted in your front lawn, all is ready for would-be buyers to tour your home. Or is it?

A great first impression, coupled with the decreasing amount of time the typical home is on the market these days, is sometimes all it takes for a speedy offer to come your way. In a market with few available homes for sale, you are probably less likely to spend a lot of money on major aesthetic improvements. But there are a lot of simple, fairly inexpensive things you can do to make a good first impression and attract offers as quickly as possible, for example:

• Stay on top of your lawn mowing and maintenance and tidy up your front landscaping.

• Place a new, colourful welcome mat in front of the door.

• Embellish your door area with a nice, big potted plant to the side of the front door.

• Apply a fresh coat of paint to your front door/s.

• Move all the toys, bicycles, and scooters away from the front of the house / tidy them away out the back.

• Clean all your windows until they’re sparkling.

• Repair any loose tiles – the last thing a potential buyer wants to worry about is the roof.

Once the exterior wows your potential buyers, you’ll need to continue to make an impact on them when they make their way inside. For starters, you can:

• Remove all clutter – make sure countertops are as clear and temporarily remove any excess ornaments.

• Hang fresh clean towels in the bathrooms.

• Touch up your paint if your walls have a few rough spots.

• Vacuum your floor each morning. You may also want to think about getting your carpets clean before potential buyers view your house if you have pets or are smokers to eliminate odours as much as possible.

• Replace bulbs in your light fixtures and vanities.

• Place a beautiful centerpiece in the center of your dining room table.

• Let the light in—open all your blinds and curtains.

• If you have too much furniture, place some of it in storage.

• Add some final touches, a couple of fresh bouquets of flowers and some nice potted plants in decorative containers can do wonders.

Remember that everyone has their own style. You are not trying to impress with your particular brand of décor. Rather, you are trying to present a simple, clean, attractive home that emanates potential.