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Increasing your home's appeal 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. * 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.
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