How to Increase Your Home’s Appeal

Increasing Your Home’s Appeal

Remember the 60-second rule: That’s all the time you need to produce a winning impression. Here are some simple ways to maximize your home’s appeal.

Outside

  • Keep the lawn cut and remove all backyard mess.
  • 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 house’s exterior.
  • Ensure all seamless gutters and downspouts are securely connected and operating.
  • Paint the front door.
  • Buy a new welcome mat.
  • Place potted flowers near the front door.

Interior

  • Evaluate the furniture in each room and eliminate anything that interrupts “the flow” or makes the space appear smaller sized. (Think about leasing a storage unit to move furniture off-site.)
  • Clean and arrange cabinets, closets and bookshelves.
  • Clean all lights and ceiling fans.
  • Shampoo carpets.
  • Remove extreme wall hangings and knick-knacks.
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, consisting of faucets and drain traps.
  • Make small repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
  • Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.
  • Fix or replace stained grout.
  • Replace broken tiles.
  • Replace worn countertops (or at the very least clean them up).

Special information for showings

  • Turn on all the lights.
  • Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.
  • Keep family pets protected outdoors.
  • Buy brand-new towels for bathrooms.
  • Buy new bed linens for bedrooms.
  • Replace old lamps or lampshades.
  • Play quiet background music.
  • Light the fireplace or clean out the ashes and light a candelabrum.
  • Infuse the home with a soothing 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.