First impressions count and you only get one.  So, give your house all the advantages when creating that winning first impression. Here are a few easy tips to maximizing your home’s appeal. 

Exterior

  • Landscaping – It’s as simple as keeping your grass cut, weeding and removing yard clutter
  • Spruce up those wooden fences with a fresh coat of paint
  • 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

  • Staging – Remove anything disrupts “the flow” or makes the room appear smaller
  • 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.

 


Best Foot Forward During Showings

  • Write a paragraph for your Realtor about what you’ll miss most about your neighborhood and display it
  • 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 put candles in the fireplace and light those for ambiance 
  • 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.