From experience, REALTORS® know that a well-polished home appeals to more buyers and will sell faster, often for a higher price.  Small cosmetic improvements will have a major impact on the sale of your home.  Before putting your home on the market, take the necessary steps to maximize the exterior and interior appeal.  The right touches can get a buyer excited about your property; nevertheless, a few minor unaddressed  fixes may lose the interest of well-qualified, prospective buyers all together.


Exterior Curb Appeal.  When preparing your home for sale, your first concern is the home's exterior.  If the outside appeal looks good, people will more than likely want to see what's on the inside.  Here are a few tips to enhance the home's exterior:  

  • Refresh Landscape by edging lawn, trimming hedges and flowerbeds
  • In the Spring and Summer, add colorful plants near your front entrance
  • Repaint front door
  • Replace door mat
  • Check foundation, steps, walkways, and patio for cracks.  Reseal where necessary
  • Clean and align gutters
  • Repair or replace loose roof shingles
  • Keep garage door closed 
  • Remove old cars and RVs from the property while the house is on the market 


Maximize Interior Appeal.  You want your home to look as spacious, bright, and clean as possible.  Begin with the following and you'll be well on your way to a successful presentation: 

  • Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning
  • Wipe fingerprints and smudges from glass, mirrors, and other shiny surfaces
  • Clean all flooring areas - hardwood, tile, carpet, etc
  • Declutter kitchen counters and other table spaces throughout the house
  • Clean all kitchen appliances
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads
  • Clean walls and doors of smudges and scuff marks
  • Repair any cracks or holes to drywall, plaster, wallpaper, and tile
  • Replace broken or cracked window panes and moldings


Other Low-Cost Techniques

  • Replace outdated doorknobs, cabinet handles, and light switches
  • Add fresh new towels to the bathrooms
  • Upgrade outdoor lighting
  • Install a new mailbox
  • Replace worn or outdated doorknobs, cabinet handles, and light switches
  • Buy organizational systems to reduce closet clutter
  • Re-caulk sinks and bathtubs
  • Place season decorations or centerpieces on large counters and tables