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 each room and remove things 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 discoloured 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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