Small improvements = Big returns

It’s always a good idea to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn’t mean you have to undertake major or expensive projects. Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home. After all, if you wanted to undertake a large-scale project, you probably wouldn’t be selling!

Here are some simple steps you can take to increase the perceived value of your home and make a great first impression.

Exterior Appearance

– Keep lawns cut

– Trim hedges and shrubs

– Weed and edge gardens

– Clear driveway and clean up oil spills

– Clean out garage

– Power wash

– Touch up paint

– Plant colourful, inexpensive flowers in pots if necessary

At the Front Door

– Clean porch and foyer

– Ensure doorbell works

– Repair any broken screens

– Fresh paint or varnish front door

– Repair door locks and key access

Create a Buying Mood

– Make sure your home smells fresh and clean

– Turn on lights

– Turn on air conditioner/heater

– Open the drapes

– Light the fireplace


– Repair leaking taps and toilets

– Clean furnace and filters

– Tighten door knobs and latches

– Repair cracked plaster

– Apply a fresh coat of paint or touch up where necessary

– Clean and repair windows

– Repair seals around tubs and basins

– Replace defective light bulbs

– Oil squeaking doors

– Repair squeaking floor boards

Squeaky Clean

– Clean and freshen bathrooms

– Clean fridge and stove (in and out)

– Clean around heating vents

– Clean washer and dryer

– Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds

– Eliminate pet odors and stains

Create Space

– Clear halls and stairs of clutter

– Store surplus furniture

– Clear kitchen counter and stove top

– Clear closets of unnecessary clothing and stuff

– Remove empty boxes and containers

– Put away personal photos so buyers can envision the house as theirs


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