Increasing Your Home’s Appeal

Remember the 60-second rule: That’s all the time you have to create a winning first impression. Here are some simple to significant ways to maximize your home’s appeal.


  • Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.

  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.

  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.

  • Tighten and clean all door handles.

  • Clean Windows inside and out.

  • Power-wash home’s exterior.

  • Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.

  • Paint the front door.

  • Buy a new welcome mat.

  • Place potted flowers near the front door.


  • Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts “the flow” or makes the room appear smaller.

  • Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site.

  • Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.

  • Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.

  • Shampoo carpets.

  • Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.

  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.

  • Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).

  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings.

  • Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.

  • Fix or replace discolored grout.

  • Replace broken tiles.

  • Replace worn counter-tops.

Special details for showings

  • Turn on all the lights.

  • Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.

  • Keep pets secured outdoors.

  • Buy new towels for bathrooms.

  • Buy new bedding for bedrooms.

  • Replace old lamps or lampshades.

  • Play quiet background music.

  • Light the fireplace or clean out the ashes and light a candelabrum.

  • Infuse home with a comforting scent, such as apple spice or vanilla.

  • Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner party.

  • Vacate the property while it is being shown.

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