Checklist: Increasing Your Home's Value
Increasing Your Home's Value
When selling your home, remember the importance of first impressions. Most homebuyers in
today's market are comparative shoppers. With a little time and effort, you can increase the
perceived value of your home. Preparing your home for sale can include simple things, such as
ensuring that your home is clean, airy, uncluttered, light, fragrant, and quiet. Below are some
quick and easy things you can do to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
It is estimated that more than 50% of homes are
sold before the buyers even get out of their cars.
Stand across the street from your house & review
the curb appeal.
Mow & water lawns
Seed bare spots in lawn
Remove toys & pick up any litter
Prune shrubs, weed flower beds, & rake leaves
Repair any broken fences, planters, trellises, or walls
Plant shrubs or install fencing to block unpleasant views
On the inside, remove as much clutter as possible.
Hire professionals to do a deep cleaning.
Cleanliness is a sign to buyers that the home has
been well cared for.
Clean & vacuum carpets
Replace worn carpet; use area rugs where needed
Apply a fresh coat of paint
Wash curtains & draperies
Lubricate window slides; make sure doors close smoothly
Clean ceiling fans & light fixtures
Clean & organize closets & cabinets
Check for cobwebs in all corners
Again, remember the importance of curb appeal.
A well maintained home on the outside gives the
buyer the initial impression that the home is well
maintained on the inside as well.
Paint or varnish doors; polish door hardware
Paint or replace street numbers on house
Clean/wash siding, windows & screens, AC unit, & pool
Repair or paint siding, trim, gutters, shutters,
glazing, & window frames
Clean oil stains from driveway & garage
Make sure all lighting is working
Repair leaky faucets; deodorize septic tank
Straighten woodpile; clean around trash cans
Kitchens & Bathrooms
Overall, kitchens & bathrooms should be spotless.
These two rooms alone can sell a home. Cabinets
should be neat and organized. Neutralize odors &
clean all mold & mildew.
Clean all appliances inside and out
Replace all light bulbs
Clean floors & light fixtures
Deodorize disposal, dishwasher, &
refrigerator; repair leaky faucets
Test all electrical outlets
Unclutter kitchen counters & cabinets
Clean shower door or replace curtain
Put out fresh towels on towel racks
Remove soap residue & lime deposits from sink,
shower, & bathtub
Make sure toilet flushes properly
Garages, Carports, & Sheds
Keep areas clean & uncluttered
Replace burned out lights
Clear away cobwebs
Remove oil stains from floors
Lubricate, adjust, or repair garage door
Organize & put away tools
Turn on all lights; open drapes
Light candles & put out fresh flowers
Play quiet background music
Be absent during showings & keep pets outside
Turn on air conditioner or heater