Stage for success!

 

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. 

 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
* Fresh towels for bathrooms
* Trendy bedding for bedrooms
* Replace old lamps or lampshades
* Play quiet background music