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 basic ways to maximize your home’s appeal (I provide a more exhaustive list when you’re ready to sell but this will get you started).

Exterior

  • Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.
  • Repair any fences and gates.
  • Tighten and clean all door handles.
  • Clean windows inside and out.
  • Powerwash home’s exterior (but NOT the roof! It will damage it more than it helps).
  • Gently de-Moss and remove debris from the roof and ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
  • 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.
  • De-clutter EVERYTHING. Less is more.
  • 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 cabinets 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.
  • Remove pets (dogs/cats) for all showings .
  • Secure or remove all medications or weapons.
  • Put all clothes and toys away.
  • Make sure all dishes are off the counters and not in the sink.
  • Play quiet background music.
  • Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner party.
  • Vacate the property while it is being shown.