Did you know well-placed furniture can open up rooms and make them seem larger than they are? Or that opening drapes and blinds and turning on all lights make a room seem bright and cheery?
It’s a fact: acquiring the highest market value and elevating your home above others in the same price range often comes down to first impressions. Here are some inexpensive ways to maximize your home’s appeal:


Keep the grass freshly cut

Remove all yard clutter

Apply fresh paint to wooden fences

Paint/Stain the front door

Weed and apply fresh mulch to garden beds

Clean window inside and out

Wash or paint the home’s exterior

Tighten and clean all door handles

Ensure gutter and downspouts are firmly attached


Clean or paint walls and ceilings

Shampoo carpets

Update lightbulbs to Warm White or Bright White
(At the very least, all light bulbs should match)

Clean and organize cabinets and closets

Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps

Clean all light fixtures

Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and knick-knacks.

Consider temporary storage


Turn on all lights

Open drapes in the daytime

Keep pets secured outdoors

Play quiet background music

Light the fireplace (if seasonally appropriate)

Infuse home with a comforting scent like apple spice or vanilla