Tips for Increasing your Home’s Appeal

Remember the 60-second rule: you only have about that long to create a winning first impression with a potential buyer! Here are some tips for maximizing your home’s appeal.


  • Evaluate any furniture that disrupts a room’s “flow” or makes it appear smaller
  • Consider renting a storage unit to eliminate unnecessary items
  • Organize bookshelves, pantries, closets, and cabinets
  • Clean light fixtures & fans
  • Shampoo carpets
  • Remove excess wall hangings & knick-knacks
  • Repair all leaks or plumbing problems
  • Make minor repairs to broken screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking, etc.
  • Clean or paint walls/ceiling
  • Replace worn cabinet and door knobs
  • Fix or replace discolored grout
  • Replace broken tiles
  • Replace worn countertops


  • Mow the lawn, remove weeds, mulch flower beds
  • Remove yard clutter
  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences
  • Tighten and clean door handles
  • Clean windows inside & out
  • Powerwash home’s exterior
  • Ensure gutters and downspouts are firmly attached & working
  • Paint the front door
  • Buy a new welcome mat
  • Place potted flowers near the front door

For Showings

  • Turn on all lights
  • Open drapes/shutters in the daytime
  • Keep pets secured outdoors
  • Buy new towels for the 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 the home with a comforting scent like 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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