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Enhancing Your House's Appeal

Remember the 60-second rule: That's the total amount of time you have to make a winning first impression on your buyer. Here are some important ways and tips you can use to maximize and enhance your home's curb appeal.
Exterior Look
Good Exterior Look
  • Clean the doors of the house and tighten all door handles.
  • Clear the yard of debris and trim the grass and landscaping.
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch and protective cover to flower beds.
  • Clean and wash windows inside and out.
  • Apply fresh paint to the wooden fences.
  • Have the front door of the house painted.
  • Buy a new and fascinating welcome mat.
  • Have the exterior of the house power washed.
  • Make sure all downspouts and gutters are working and securely attached.
  • Place fragrant potted flowers near the front door.
Interior Look
Best Interior Look
  • Clean and wash all the ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Organize and clean closets, cabinets and bookshelves.
  • Rent a storage unit to move the items off-site.
  • Remove anything that interrupts the flow of movement and makes the room feel smaller, and evaluate and expand the furniture in each room.
  • Wash the carpets with soap and shampoo.
  • Have the broken tiles and worn countertops replaced.
  • Remove extra tchotchkes and excessive wall hangings.
  • Have all plumbing leaks repaired, including drain traps and faucets.
  • Make minor repairs to jammed or cracked caulk, stuck doors, and torn screens.
  • Replace or repair discolored grout.
  • Paint and clean ceilings and walls.
  • Replace door knobs and worn cabinets.
Special Details for Display
Special Details
  • Keep all lights on.
  • Keep pets secured outdoors.
  • Keep all toilet lids closed in each and every bathroom.
  • Keep all shades and curtains open during the day.
  • Purchase new towels for washrooms.
  • Purchase new sheets for the bedrooms.
  • Replace old style lampshades and lamps.
  • Continue to play soft background music.
  • Light the candelabrum and fireplace and clean up all the ashes.
  • Fill the home with a soothing and fragrant scent such as vanilla or apple spice.
  • Set the dining room table for an extravagant dinner party.
  • Leave the property while it is on display.

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