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.

     

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