It’s a fact, acquiring the highest market value and elevating your home above others in the same price range often comes down to first impressions. Did you know well-placed furniture can open up rooms and make them seem larger than they are? Or that opening drapes and blinds and turning on all lights make a room seem bright and cheery?

Here are inexpensive ways to maximize your home’s selling potential

Exterior
  • Keep the grass freshly cut.
  • Remove all yard clutter.
  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
  • Paint the front door.
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to garden beds
  • Clean windows inside and out.
  • Wash or paint home’s exterior.
  • Tighten and clean all door handles.
  • Ensure gutters and downspouts are firmly attached.
Interior
  • Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and knickknacks (consider a temporary self-storage unit).
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
  • Shampoo carpets.
  • Clean and organize cabinets and closets.
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
  • Clean all light fixtures.
For Showings
  • Turn on all the lights.
  • Open drapes in the daytime.
  • Keep pets secured outdoors.
  • Play quiet background music.
  • Light the fireplace (if seasonally appropriate).
  • Infuse home with a comforting scent like apple spice or vanilla.
  • Vacate the property while it is being shown.