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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.


  • * 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.


  • * 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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