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One of the most important things you can do as you prepare to market your home for sale is to increase 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.