Once you have taken care of the prep work to get your home on the market, you'll need to present your home to potential buyers. Even small cosmetic improvements will have a major impact on the sale of your home. The right touches can get a buyer excited about your home, but a few poor decisions may lose their interest completely.
Clean. Clean. Clean.
A tidy home is a loved home. Wipe finger prints and other smudges from glass, mirrors and other shiny surfaces. Wax and polish your hardwood and tile floors and vacuum your carpets often. Keep your oven, stove and kitchen counters clean and free of clutter.
Clean up the yard.
Make sure your landscape is well maintained to increase curb appeal. A more conservative yard is often a better showcase for your home, so be generous with your trimming and pruning. Pare down bushes and trees that block windows. Pull weeds out of your flowerbeds, lawn and sidewalk cracks. Repair minor asphalt and walkway cracks if necessary. If your home has gutters on the roof, clean and clear the frequently.
Let there be light.
Natural light is the best light to cast your home in. Replace faded and heavy curtains with sheer ones or install blinds. Opening the shades when showing your house will also make your home seem larger. Temporarily replace energy-efficient fluorescent lights with high-wattage incandescent bulbs to give your home a warmer glow. Make sure darker rooms are well lit.
Add a few little touches.
Replace worn or outdated doorknobs, cabinet handles and light switches. Buy fresh new towels for the bathrooms, but don't use them (keep the towels you use out of sight in a cabinet). Place flowers in windows that are walked by often. Display a seasonal decoration, such as a wreath or a wood ornament.
For your home's interior:
- Fill in the paint cracks in your walls and ceiling, and paint them a neutral color.
- Fix creaks and squeaks with WD-40.
- Modernize your kitchen and bathroom cabinets with new drawer pulls and handles.
For your home's exterior:
- Install window boxes with cheerful flowers or plants.
- Paint your window frames.
- Update your light fixtures.
- Replace your house numbers.