Maximize Your Home’s Appeal For Selling And Showings

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.

Certifications

  • Graduate of Realtor Institute (GRI)
  • Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)
  • Certified in The Luxury Home Marketing (CLHMS)
  • Negotiations Expert (CNE)
  • Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
  • Featured in multiple publications including Texas Monthly in June issue as a Five Star Real Estate Agent in 2011 & 2012.
  • 2011 Biltmore’s Who Who
  • 2011 Strathmore’s Who Who

HAR Platinum Member:

Contact Vicky

Vicky Halfon – Realtor®
First Market Realty
2 Riverway, 15th Floor
Houston, Texas 77056

Ph: 713-962-3405

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