It's always a good idea to spruce up the exterior and interior of your homebefore listing it for sale. But that doesn't mean you have to undertake major and/or expensive project.
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.
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 door bell 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
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
Repair leaking taps and toilets Clean furnace and filters Tighten door knobs and latches Repair cracked plaster Apply 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
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