Increasing your home's appealIncreasing 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 begin increasing 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.
Find time to clean windows inside and out.
Power wash home’s exterior.
Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
Paint the front door.
Shop for a new welcome mat.
Place potted flowers near the front door.

Interior* De-Clutter, Consider renting a storage unit.

Cleanup and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.
Dust off all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
Shampoo carpets.
Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.
Hire A plumber to fix all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
Paint/clean walls and ceilings.
Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.
Fix or replace discolored grout.
Repair/Replace broken tiles.
Consider replacing worn counter tops.

Special details for showings* Turn on all the lights.

Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.
Keep pets secured outdoors.
Purchase new towels for bathrooms.
Buy new bedding for bedrooms.
Go Shopping and 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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