Simple Tips for Increasing the Appeal of Your Home

Remember the 60 second rule: Thats all the time you have to create a winning first impression. Here are some simple yet significant ways to maximize your home's appeal.

Exterior
  • Keep the grass cut and remove all clutter

  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds

  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences

  • Tighten and clean all door handles

  • Clean windows inside and out

  • Powerwash homes activity

  • Ensure all gutters and downspouts are properly attached and functioning

  • Paint the front door

  • Buy a new welcome mat

  • Place potted flowers near the front door

Interior
  • Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts "the flow" or makes the room appear smaller. Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site

  • Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves

  • Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans

  • Shampoo carpets

  • Remove all excessive wall-hangings and knick-knacks

  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain taps

  • Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, , cracked caulking)

  • Clean or paint walls and ceiling

  • Replace worn cabinet and door knobs

  • Fix or replace discolored grout

  • Replace broken tiles

  • Replace worn counter-tops

Special Details For Showings
  • Turn on all the lights

  • Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime

  • Keep pets secured outdoors

  • Buy new towels for bathrooms

  • Buy new bedding for bedrooms

  • Replace old lamps and lampshades

  • Play quiet background music

  • Light the fireplace or clean out the ashes and light a candelabrum

  • Infuse home with a comforting scent such as apple spice or vanilla

  • Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner party

  • Vacate the property while it is being shown

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