Little Improvements = Big Return

It's always a good idea to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn't mean you have to undertake major and/or expensive projects.

Joe DeLorenzo offers home sellers a list of specific modifications to make before listing their home for sale. And it is always the minimum needed for the maximum return. After all, if you wanted to undertake a large-scale project, you probably wouldn't be selling!

Here are some simple steps you can take to increase the perceived value of your home and make a great first impression. Not all on the list will apply to you, but you can get Joe's personal opinion about YOUR home. Simply click the link below to get a professional opinion of what it takes to get your home sold.

At The Front Door
- Clean porch and foyer
- Ensure door bell works
- Repair any broken screens
- Fresh paint or varnish front door
- Repair door locks and key access

Create A Buying Mood
- Make sure your home smells fresh and clean

- Turn on lights
- Turn on air conditioner/heater
- Open the drapes
- Light the fireplace

- Repair leaking taps and toilets
- Clean furnace and filters
- Tighten door knobs and latches
- Repair cracked plaster
- Apply fresh coat of paint or touch up
- Clean and repair windows
- Repair seals around tubs and basins
- Replace defective light bulbs
- Oil squeaking doors
- Repair squeaking floor boards

Exterior Appearance
- Keep lawns cut
- Trim hedges and shrubs
- Weed and edge gardens
- Clear driveway and clean up oil spills
- Clean out garage
- Power wash
- Touch up paint
- Plant colorful, inexpensive flowers in pots 

Create Space
- Clear halls and stairs of clutter
- Store surplus furniture
- Clear kitchen counter and stove top
- Clear closets of unnecessary clothing and stuff
- Remove empty boxes and containers
- Put away personal photos so buyers can envision the house as theirs

Keep your home Squeaky Clean
- Clean and freshen bathrooms
- Clean fridge and stove (in and out)
- Clean around heating vents
- Clean washer and dryer
- Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds
- Eliminate pet odors and stains

CONTINUE READING Working With a Realtor vs. Selling it Yourself

Contact Joe DeLorenzo Broker/Owner of RE/MAX IN TOWN at or call 609-895-0500 x107.