Dressing Up Your Home
Sixty seconds is all you have to create a good first impression. Here are detailed ways on how you can make your home attractive to potential buyers.
Outside the house:
Cut the grass and make sure it stays that way. Make the yard look neat by taking away clutter.
Pull out the weeds and put fresh mulch to flower beds.
Wooden fences must be painted new.
Make sure door handles are tight and clean.
Windows should be cleaned inside and out.
Powerwash the home’s exterior
Gutters and downspouts should be firmly attached and functioning.
Paint the front door.
Put a new welcome mat.
Place potted flowers near the front door.
Inside the house:
Look at the furnitures in each room. Remove anything that looks “off” or anything that disrupts the design/theme. Take out any furniture that makes the room look smaller. Rent a storage unit if you have to.
Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.
Inspect light fixtures and ceiling fans. Make sure they’re clean and functional.
Wash the carpets.
Take away too many “personal stuff”; including wall hangings and knick-knacks.
Inspect plumbing system to make sure they’re not leaking; and if so, have them fixed.
Repair torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking.
Clean and repaint if necessary walls and ceilings.
Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.
Replace discolored grout.
Replace broken tiles and worn countertops.
Additional details for showings:
Turn on all the lights.
Open drapes and shutters during the day.
If you have pets, secure them outside.
Use new towels for bathrooms.
Use new beddings for bedrooms.
Replace old lamps or lampshades.
Play soft background music.
Light the fireplace.
Use a comforting scent, such as apple spice or vanilla.
Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner.
Do not stay in the house while it is being shown.