Increasing Your Houston Home’s Curb Appeal

Increasing your Houston home’s curb appeal

Increasing your Houston home’s “Curb” 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.

 

 

 

 

Exterior

  •  Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.
  •  Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.
  •  Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
  •  Tighten and clean all door handles.
  •  Clean windows inside and out.
  •  Powerwash home’s exterior.
  •  Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
  •  Paint the front door.
  •  Buy a new welcome mat.
  •  Place potted flowers near the front door.

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 organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.
  •  Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
  •  Shampoo carpets.
  •  Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.
  •  Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
  •  Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
  •  Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
  •  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.
  •  Keep pets secured outdoors.
  •  Buy new towels for bathrooms.
  •  Buy new bedding for bedrooms.
  •  Replace old lamps or lampshades.
  •  Play quiet background music.
  •  Light the fireplace or clean out the ashes and light a candelabrum.
  •  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.
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