Tip 2) Add Housewarming Appeal

Experience shows that creating a housewarming feeling inside your home increases its desirability. View your home with a critical eye. Clean, complete minor repairs, and add finishing touches.

Doors and Windows

  • Consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door.
  • Polish brass fixtures and be sure door locks work properly.
  • Oil hinges to both doors and windows.
  • Keep stairways tidy and secure handrails.
  • Repair or replace bent or damaged screens and window glass.
  • Cut back outdoor plants that restrict natural light.
  • Keep windows clean and tidy with draperies firmly affixed and in proper working order.

Floors and Carpets

  • Repair or replace missing or damaged tile, hardwood, vinyl and baseboards.
  • Steam-clean or shampoo carpets.
  • Secure loose carpeting and replace damaged areas.
  • Be conscious of odors caused by dampness, high-traffic areas or pets.

Closets and Storage Areas

  • Ample storage space increases the desirability of the home.
  • Keep closets tidy.
  • Discard any unnecessary items and consider storing those you do not use frequently.

Bedrooms and Living Areas

  • Keep living areas clean and inviting.
  • Arrange furniture to allow a spacious atmosphere.
  • Make beds, arrange couch cushions, dust shelves, vacuum carpets and touch-up walls with paint or spackling as necessary.
  • Wallpaper should be clean and adhere smoothly to the walls.
  • Finishing touches such as flowers or candles add to the home's housewarming appeal.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

  • Clear counters, drawers and cabinets of unnecessary items.
  • Clean soap dishes, mirrors, faucets and appliances (inside and out).
  • Store cleaning supplies and hang freshly washed towels.
  • Be conscious of odors caused by dampness, hampers, garbage and various foods.

Counters and Cabinets

  • Store infrequently used counter-top items to allow a spacious look in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Keep drawers and cabinets tidy and organized.

Garage or Workshop

  • Items should be neatly stored in shelving or wall units.
  • Allow appropriate space for the homebuyer to visualize their vehicle or workbench.
  • Consider moving excess or over-sized items to mini-storage.

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