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A good idea is to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home before listing it for sale. Does not mean to undertake major and expensive projects.

A little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home.

These simple steps will increase the perceived value of your home and make a great first impression.

Exterior Appearance

  • Water and keep lawns cut
  • Trim trees , shrubs and hedges
  • De-weed and edge your gardens
  • Clean and clear up pathways , clean up oil spills, paint driveway
  • Declutter and clean out garage
  • Power wash
  • Clean windows and power wash
  • Paint touch up
  • Add colorful flowers and plants and pots if necessary

At the Front Door

  • Make porch and foyer inviting, Clean area
  • Make sure the door bell works
  • Replace and repair any broken screens
  • Varnish or paint the front door
  • Polish and repair door locks and key access

Create a Buying Mood

  • Your home should smell fresh and clean
  • Replace burned out light bulbs and turn on all lights
  • Keep a comfortable temperature. Turn on air conditioner/heater
  • Clean and open the drapes
  • Clean Glass and light the fireplace

Create Space

  • Clear clutter on stairs and in hallway
  • Remove and store any surplus furniture
  • Clean stove top and clear kitchen counter
  • Clear unnecessary clothing and stuff in closets. Organize them.
  • Any empty boxes and containers should be removed.
  • Remove all personal photos. Buyers will envision the house as theirs

Maintenance

  • Repair all leaking taps and toilets
  • Clean furnace and filters
  • Repair door latches and tighten door knobs
  • Fill in and paint any plaster cracks
  • Touch up with paint or apply fresh coat
  • Repair and clean windows
  • Repair seals around sinks, basins and tub
  • Replace burned out or defective light bulbs
  • Repair squeaking doors
  • Repair any squeaking floor boards

Squeaky Clean

  • Freshen up and clean bathrooms
  • Clean inside and outside of fridge and stove
  • Clean all the heating vents
  • Clean laundry room and your washer and dryer
  • Clean window ledges, drapes, curtains and blinds
  • Eliminate any pet carpets odors and stains