Little Improvements Equals Big Returns

It's always a good idea to spruce up the interior and exterior of your home before listing it for sale.  But that doesn't mean you have to undertake major and/or expensive projects.

Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home.  After all, if you wanted to undertake a large-scale project, you probably wouldn't be selling!

Here are some simple steps you can take to increase the perceived value of your home and make a great first impression.

Exterior Appearance:

Keep lawns cut

Trim hedges and shrubs

Weed and edge gardens

Clear driveway and clean up oil spills

Clean out garage

Power wash

Touch up paint

Plant colorful, inexpensive flowers in pots if necessary

At the Front Door:

Clean porch and foyer

Ensure door bell works

Repair any broken screens

Fresh paint or varnish front door

Repair door locks and key access

Create a Buying Mood:

Make sure your home smells fresh and clean

Turn on lights

Turn on air conditioner/heater

Open the drapes

Light the fireplace

Create Space:

Clear halls and stairs of clutter

Store surplus furniture

Clean kitchen counter and stove top

Clear closets of unnecessary clothing and stuff

Remove empty boxes and containers

Put away personal photos so buyers can envision the house as theirs


Repair leaking taps and toilets

Clean furnace and filters

Tighten door knobs and latches

Repair cracked plaster

Apply fresh coat of paint or touch up where necessary

Clean and repair windows

Repair seals around tubs and basins

Replace defective light bulbs

Oil squeaking doors

Repair squeaking floor boards

Squeaky Clean:

Clean and freshen bathrooms

Clean fridge and stove (in and out)

Clean around heating vents

Clean washer and dryer

Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds

Eliminate pet odors and stains

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