Home Improvement Tips Starting at the Curbside

Reblogger Paula Stone
Real Estate Agent with Crystal Palms Realty

This is a really good checklist for both buyers and sellers.  The outside first impression makes a big difference when a prospect is deciding if they want to look at the inside. 

First impressions will set value starting at the curbside

So you're ready to sell your home? Make sure potential buyers see it at its best. Here are the top ways to improve the appearance of your home without investing a lot of money. A little time and elbow grease now will pay big dividends at closing.

1. Driveway and Walkways
Clear away clutter like bikes, tools and toys. Use weed killer on grass and weeds that sprout in pavement cracks. Keep edges neat with a weed eater or edger.

2. Landscaping
Keep the grass trimmed and make sure all flowerbeds are freshly mulched and free of weeds. Prune overgrown shrubs, especially if they're hiding windows or blocking the entryway.

3. Gutters and Fences
Reinforce sagging gutters and straighten crooked fences. Make sure the gutters are cleared of obstructions and the soil isn't washed out around downspouts. Power washing the house and fences will give a clean bright fresh look.

4. Front Door
Paint or wash the door and trim. Tighten loose doorknobs, oil squeaky hinges and make sure the doorbell works. Clean any furniture or outside decorations. Add a colorful potted plant and a new doormat.

5. Inside Entry
Shampoo the rug or scrub and wax the floor. Add a fresh area rug and make sure it has a nonskid surface for safety. Hang a mirror to make your entry look larger and brighter.

6. Kitchen
Keep countertops free of clutter and add decorative canisters or a scented candle. Clean out the refrigerator, degrease the oven, wipe down cabinet doors and keep the sink shining.

7. Bathrooms
Make sure your bathrooms are bright and clean. Clear countertops of unnecessary clutter. Replace discolored or damaged caulking. Fix dripping faucets and leaky toilets.

8. Closets
Organize the contents to make your closets appear larger. Donate unwanted items to charity and store what's left in stackable plastic totes to maintain a neat, tidy appearance.

9. Garage, Basement and Attic
Sort through all the junk and decide what to keep and what to give away. Use easy-to-assemble storage shelves to stow tools and sporting goods; wall hangers for garden hose, blowers and other equipment.

10. Lighting
Replace burned out bulbs and clean fixtures, inside and out, to get rid of dead bugs and cobwebs. Consider replacing dated fixtures in the most visible locations. Install indoor track lighting to highlight artwork and open drapes and blinds to let in natural light. Outside use landscape lighting to accentuate architectural features.

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Mike Purkey
Wichita, KS

Paula, great tips.  Thanks for sharing.  I have been looking for some tips like this to share with some of my clients.

May 21, 2012 11:08 PM #1
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