Simple Home Improvements that will help you clean up
It simply makes sense to clean up both the interior and exterior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn't mean you have to undertake major home renovation projects on order to sell your home. With a little effort you can increase the perceived value of your home by a great margin. 

Here are some simple things to keep in mind that you can do to increase the perceived value of your home and make the perfect first impression. 

Exterior of Home
  • Keep lawns cut
  • Trim hedges and bushes
  • Weed and edge gardens
  • Clear driveway and clean stains
  • Clean out garage
  • Power wash home exterior
  • Touch up paint
  • Plant colorful flowers
At The Front Door
  • Clean porch and foyer
  • Ensure door bell works
  • Repair any broken screens
  • Fresh paint or varnish front door
  • Repair any damages to the door and/or locks
Setting the Right Mood
  • Make sure your home smells fresh and clean
  • Turn on lights
  • Turn on air conditioner/heater
  • Open the drapes
  • Light the fireplace
Maximize Open Space
  • Clear halls and stairs of clutter
  • Clear kitchen counter and stove top
  • Clear closets of unnecessary items
  • Remove empty boxes and storage
  • 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
Squeaky Clean
  • Clean and freshen bathrooms
  • Clean fridge and stove
  • Clean around heating vents
  • Clean washer and dryer
  • Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds
  • Eliminate pet odors and stains

The takeaway from this is that there are many simple, low-cost home improvements you can make in order to increase the value of your home before putting it up for sale. These improvements run the gamut, but regardless as to what area or areas of your property you chose to focus on sprucing up, be sure that you have made adequate preparations. If possible, concern yourself with both the specific suggestions laid out above and any other insights that come to mind. In the end – and especially if your timeline allows – undertake a few trial runs at showing off your residence once all of the improvements are completed. 

So there you have it. With some simple but effective home improvements, you can make your house worth more to the market and increase the chances of selling it quickly. To finish on a more proactive note, consider looking into improvement initiatives that are designed to make homes smarter. New tech-enabled solutions can give potential buyers greater confidence in their decision and make them even more interested to purchase from you. Also, don’t forget about landscaping – a great garden goes a long way when it comes to appealing to people who are buying homes for the first time.
Last but not least, for any other home improvement advice or tips you might need, feel free to call us up so that we can give you our expertise in helping you sell your house at optimal market value. Contact us today for more info!

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