Boost Your House Resale
by Susan Croes
Hold that hammer. Before you put your home on the market, consider these quick
and easy tips to boost your home's resale value. What did you notice when you
first saw your house from the outside? Was it the entrance, the garden, or
something else that caught your attention? Try to attract your buyers'
attention. Buyers look for the cleanest houses and those in excellent repair.
Make sure you have a clean and tidy house that is ready to be shown at all
times. People look for well-maintained homes and visual appeal. Make your house
sparkle inside and out with these quick tips.
Tips For The Interior Of Your Home
- Spring clean your house.
- Have your carpets professionally cleaned.
- Check interior walls and ceilings for signs mould and clean it off.
- Clean your ceiling fixtures and ceiling fans.
- Clean your windows.
- Clean your ceramic floors and walls.
- Clean your mirrors, doors, and walls. A clean house is more
appealing to buyers.
- Clean your appliances.
- Neutralize cooking odors and musty smells that may linger in your
house. Open your windows or mask the odor by burning a candle or
essential oils or placing a vase of sweet smelling flowers on a
- Homes that smell of animals, especially cats, can cost you
thousands. Consider boarding pets during the selling period.
- Pour vanilla on bread and bake it in the oven until the aroma fills
the air. Buyers are attracted to the aroma of warm baked goods.
- Clean up after meals and put utensils away.
- Open the blinds. Let natural light enter your house.
- Switch on all the lamps throughout the house.
- Turn on the lights in the kitchen and the bathroom.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs. Keep your house well lit and
- Repaint in light neutral colors. Lighter colors make your rooms
appear more spacious. Buyers are attracted to light colors typically
and not dark colors.
- Repaint walls in your kitchen, bathrooms and living areas.
- Paint your closets, if necessary.
- Replace worn cabinet hardware.
- Replace worn kitchen countertops with new countertops in neutral
- Replace worn, torn, or outdated vinyl flooring.
- Replace worn, broken, dirty, or outdated curtains and blinds.
- Make sure your appliances work.
- Re-grout the tiles if necessary.
- Repair damage caused by leaks in your ceilings.
- Replace broken switches.
- Replace dull or dated light fixtures.
- Tighten or replace loose doorknobs.
Organization and Clutter Control
- Reduce the clutter in each room. Buyers like to see open spaces and
- Maximize your closet space by weeding out things that you do not
need such as extra clothing, shoes, and toys.
- Keep only the essentials in your closets. Store your extra items at
a friend's house or in your basement.
- Empty your wardrobes, drawers, and linen cupboards of as many items
as possible. Send items you do not use to a charity.
- Store your personal papers and bills out of sight.
- Clean out bookcases and send books you do not want to the library
- Weed out your magazines. Put the ones you want to keep in
- Rearrange your furniture to create a maximum feeling of space.
- Keep your children's toys organized and in one area.
- Remove clutter from your basement, attic, and garage. If you do not
need an item, give it away or sell it.
- Consider renting storage. If you store your extra items in storage,
your house will look less cluttered.
- Make all beds before leaving the house.
Tips For The Exterior Of Your Home
- Paint, stain, or clean your front door. The front entrance is one
of the first thing buyers notice about a house. A pleasing and
attractive front door is a key part of the overall presentation of
- Paint areas of the exterior that show signs of wear (e.g., door and
- Remove torn or worn screens.
- Make sure the doorbell and entrance light work correctly.
- Replace cracked windowpanes.
- Repair bent gutters and broken or loose shutters.
- Repair loose roofing shingles and flashing in roof.
Landscaping And Grounds Maintenance
- Place a clean doormat in the front entrance.
- Keep your lawn trimmed.
- Rake leaves and sweep the sidewalk.
- Prune shrubs and trees and remove dead branches.
- Store lawn equipment, outdoor items, and toys out of sight.
- Place potted plants in your garden. Buyers love color and appeal in
- Tidy the front and back yards.
- Sweep and hose drives and patios.
- Close your garage doors.
Don't skimp on house repairs. A fresh coat of paint could be the key to your
sale. Follow these few simple tips to increase the
perceived value of your home.
Copyright ® Susan Croes, MBA and MAED Freelance Writer Specialing in Ebooks