Increasing Home Appeal

First Impressions…

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Elevator Sales Pitch: You have 60 seconds to create a winning first impression. The same applies to your home in this Internet-driven, “swipe right, swipe left” market. Your realtor can help you to achieve that with some simple, but significant methods that will maximize your home’s appeal.

Consider The Following:

Exterior
  • 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
  • Powerwash 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
Interior
  • 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 countertops
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

Contact Us About Selling Your Property

We hope you have found this guide helpful. If you’re ready to take the next step, contact us now via our user friendly form, or call us at (512) 864-4734. We’re ready to help you sell your greatest asset – your home!