Follow these 14 simple steps to maximize your home’s appeal and value:

  • Keep the lawn neatly cut and place trash containers and other similar items out of sight.
  • Trim trees and shrubs to make sure they do not obscure views or keep light from streaming through windows.
  • Touch up exterior paint, if necessary. Faded or chipped exterior paint is an immediate buyer turnoff!
  • Make the front entrance clean and attractive. Buy a new doormat. Add a wreath or other decorating elements.
  • Make windows sparkle inside and out.
  • Clean your home’s skylights, if applicable.
  • Remove debris from gutters. Direct all downspouts away from the foundation.
  • Air out your home; eliminate all tobacco, mildew, and pet odors.
  • Inspect your home’s closets (buyers will).
  • Do a general cleanup and remove items to make closets appear more spacious.
  • Keep bathrooms clean and orderly.
  • Clean the kitchen thoroughly, leaving very few items on the countertops.
  • Do not forget to keep your appliances clean at all times.
  • Paint interior rooms, if needed.
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