INCREASING 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. INCREASING YOUR HOME’S APPEAL Exterior Keep the grass cut and remove all garden clutter. Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds. Apply fresh paint to fences. Tighten and clean all door handles. Clean windows inside and out. Power wash home’s exterior. Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning. Paint the front door. Buy a new welcome mat. 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 organise cabinets, wardrobes and bookshelves. Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans. Shampoo carpets. Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks. Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors). 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. Buy new towels for bathrooms. Buy new bedding for bedrooms. Replace old lamps or lampshades. Play quiet background music. 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.