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Taking action to make the following touch-ups and improvements to your property can make a positive and lasting impression on customers viewing your home.
Before placing your home on the market, giving attention to the eye-catching details of your property can enhance its marketability and your return on this important investment!
Replace shingles that show signs of aging
Clean out gutters
Seal any cracks in the chimney
Trim trees and bushes and remove any debris
Call utility company to prune any branches that are in contact with utility or power lines
Ensure that water from down spout does not collect near the foundation. Make any necessary replacements to gutters and downspouts
Clean any exterior vents that may have debris, cobwebs, or bird nests
Touch-up any weathered paint on home exterior. Repaint if necessary
Seal any cracks in driveway
Clean all windows and window sills
Maintain landscaping and update if necessary. Always keep lawn mowing, weeding, and raking well maintained. Simple additions that can go a long way include hanging flowers and a fresh layer of bark or mulch
Apply fresh paint to fences if needed
Make sure that front door and entrance is very clean. Apply fresh paint if necessary
Hose down the exterior or your property to remove any dust or cobwebs
If needed, add fresh paint to hallways or foyers. Remove signs of wear and tear, such as painting over scuff marks and patching up nail holes
Declutter your home of furniture and personal possessions. This will make it easier for prospective buyers to visualize the property as their own. It may also make the property seem more open and clean
Make sure that all lighting fixtures have working and matching bulbs
Eliminate any offensive odors. Do not try to mask them, it is better to correct the root of the problem!
Ensure that all plumbing fixtures are in proper working order. Address any problems such as leaky faucets or broken knobs.
Clean or replace any furnace filters. Run a damp cloth over large units and appliances in the basement to remove dust. Potential clients often like to look at large appliances and fixtures, and this demonstrates that they are well maintained
Oil any squeaky hinges
Brighten dull basement and storage areas by painting the walls and using high watt bulbs
Clean the basement and garage, and remove any cobwebs
Colorful curtains in the kitchen that coordinate with countertops and floors can add warmth
Wipe down all surfaces and appliances
Make the bathroom sparkle! Stains in the bath or on the sink can turn off a prospective buyer
Open up the curtains to let light in. This will add warmth to your home and give it a more open feel
Take things out of closets and cabinets that are not essential to your life and pack them away
Make your home welcoming! Add a new welcome mat or large plotted plants for indoors