Increasing Your Homes 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.

·      Power wash 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.