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Improve Your Home’s Appeal!

The goal in selling your home is to do it quickly for the highest price possible while spending and investing as little money and time as possible in the process. Having a limited budget and applying little effort, you can substantially increase your home's desirable value to others by centering on what prospective buyers can visualize on their first visit. They must be able to see their stuff (Home furnishings and decor) in your house. This is how you can make the process go smoothly and and quickly. First impressions really do make a difference…

Tip #1 Revitalize the Exterior

First impressions matter when it comes to selling a home. Buyers won’t even leave their car if they don’t find the exterior captivating. The best ways to enhance the appeal of your home’s exterior include:

  • Repairing and/or replacing trims, shutters, gutters, shingles, mailboxes, window screens, walkways and the driveway
  • Painting siding, trim and shutters and lamp and mailbox posts
  • Pressure washing vinyl siding, roofs, walkways and the driveway
  • Washing windows

Tip #2: Tidy Up the Lawn and Landscape

Home buyers identify the condition of your lawn and landscaping with the state of your home’s interior. By enhancing the outside, you influence buyers’ gut feeling of the entire property. The best ways to improve the appeal of your yard include:

  • Mowing and edging the lawn
  • Seeding, fertilizing and weeding the lawn
  • Keeping up with regular lawn maintenance by frequent watering
  • Trimming and/or removing overgrown trees, shrubs and hedges
  • Weeding and mulching plant beds
  • Planting colorful seasonal flowers in existing plant beds
  • Removing trash, especially along fences and underneath hedges
  • Sweeping and weeding the street curb along your property

Tip #3: Design an Attractive Entrance

The front door to your home should summon buyers to enter. The best ways to refine your entry include:

  • Painting the front door in a glossy, cheerful color that complements the exterior
  • Cleaning, polishing and/or replacing the door knocker, locks and handles
  • Repairing and/or replacing the screen door, the doorbell, porch lights and house numbers
  • Placing a new welcome mat and a group of seasonal potted plants and flowers by the entry

Tip #4: Diminish Clutter & Furnishings

Buyers can’t envision living in your home without seeing it, they must be able envision there lifestyle those spaces. A house crammed with clutter or even too many furnishings diverts buyers from visualizing how they can utilize the spaces in your home. If you have restricted storage space, you may want to think about renting a short-term storage space to place items you wish to keep. The best ways to de-clutter your home include:

  • Holding a garage sale to prepare for your move, getting rid of unnecessary items
  • Removing clutter such as books, magazines, toys, tools, supplies and unused items from counter tops, open shelves, storage closets, the garage and basements
  • Storing out-of-season clothing and shoes out of sight to make bedroom closets seem roomier
  • Removing any visibly damaged furniture
  • Organizing bookshelves, closets, cabinets and pantries. Buyers will inspect everything
  • Putting away your personal photographs, unless they showcase the home Let buyers see themselves in your home
  • De-personalize rooms as much as you can

Tip #5: Clean, Wipe, Wash, Sanitize

The cleanliness of your home also effects a buyer's belief of its condition. The impression of the kitchen and bathrooms will play a substantial character in a buyer's decision making process, so pay specific consideration to these areas. The best ways to upgrade these areas include:

  • Cleaning windows, fixtures, hardware, ceiling fans, vent covers and appliances
  • Cleaning carpets, area rugs and draperies
  • Cleaning inside the refrigerator, the stove and all cabinets
  • Removing stains from carpets, floors, counters, sinks, baths, tile, walls and grout
  • Eliminating house odors, especially if you have pets
  • Considering air fresheners or potpourri

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Tip #6: Make Slight Repairs

The small stuff does matter, certainly with first-time home buyers. Without dismissing the importance of repairing principal items such as a leaky roof or plumbing, you do not need to lay out money on replacing these items. Alternatively, emphasize on the small repairs that will make your house visually charming. The best ways to improve your home include:

  • Repairing ceilings and wall cracks
  • Repairing faucets, banisters, handrails, cabinets, drawers, doors, floors and tile
  • Caulking and grouting tubs, showers, sinks and tile
  • Adding fresh paint to ceilings, walls, trim, doors and cabinets
  • Tightening door handles, drawer pulls, light switches and electrical plates
  • Lubricating door hinges and locks

Tip #7: Showing Off the Kitchen

The essence of any home is the kitchen. If you are going to pay out any money on remodeling, this is the one area where you will see the biggest return. Even with a small budget, center on a few key areas can make a big difference in acquiring your asking price for your house. The best ways to show off the kitchen include:

  • Replacing cabinet doors and hardware
  • Installing under-cabinet lighting
  • Replacing light fixtures
  • Replacing outdated shelving with pantry and cabinet organizers to maximize space
  • Baking cookies or cupcakes for a showing, to create a homey smell

Tip #8: Staging the Furnishings

Furniture arrangement will strengthen the space of your house while providing buyers an idea of how to best utilize the space with their own stuff. Take some time to rethink how contrasting areas in your house could be used. Some ideas to think about include:

  • Moving couches and chairs away from walls in your sitting and family rooms to create cozy conversational groups
  • Creating a reading corner in the master bedroom
  • Clearing an empty room to set up a reading space
  • Turning an awkward space into a home office
  • Setting the dining room table with your best china
  • Set wine glasses in front of the fireplace or next to a Jacuzzi tub

Tip #9: Illuminate the Interior of Your House

Design a feeling of openness and warmth in your home through its lighting. To refine the lighting try:

  • Opening shades and drapes to let the sunshine warm and brighten rooms
  • Installing brighter light bulbs in rooms that tend to be dark
  • Adding additional lamps for ambient lighting
  • Turning on all the lights for a showing

Tip #10: Fresh Accents and Warm Touches

You can effortlessly add color and style to your home by including fresh details throughout. Some ideas to consider include:

  • Placing fresh floral arrangements in the entry and master bedroom
  • Placing bowls of bright-colored fruit in the family room and the kitchen
  • Filling an empty corner with a potted leafy plant
  • Setting new hand soap in the bathrooms
  • Displaying fresh towels near sinks

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