Increasing Your Home’s Appeal

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

Exterior

-Keep the grass cut and remove all yard 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 home’s exterior.
-Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly 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 excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.
-Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
-Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
-Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
-Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.
-Fix or replace discolored grout.
-Replace broken tiles.
-Replace worn countertops.

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 or 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.