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Did you know well-placed furniture can open up a room and make rooms seem larger than they are? Or that opening drapes and blinds and turning on all lights make a room seem bright and cheery? Did you know the scent of your home can leave a lasting effect on a potential buyer?  Baking bread, cookies or pie leaves an inviting fragrance. 

Here are some inexpensive ways to maximize your home's appeal:


  • Keep the grass freshly cut
  • Remove all yard clutter
  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences
  • Paint the front door
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to garden beds
  • Clean windows inside and out
  • Wash or paint homes exterior
  • Tighten and clean all door handles
  • Ensure gutters and downspouts are firmly attached


  • Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and knick knacks (consider a temporary self-storage unit)
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings
  • Shampoo carpets
  • Clean and organize cabinets and closets
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps
  • Clean all light fixtures

For showings

  • Counter tops cleared
  • Floors and surfaces clean
  • Turn on all the lights
  • Open drapes in the daytime
  • Keep pets secured outdoors
  • Play quiet background music
  • Light the fireplace if seasonally appropriate
  • Infuse home with a comforting scent like apple spice or vanilla
  • Vacate the property while it is being shown