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It simply makes sense to clean up your home's interior and exterior before listing it for sale. But that doesn't mean you have to undertake major home renovation projects to sell your home. With a bit of effort, you can increase the perceived value of your home by a significant margin.


Here are some simple things that you can do to increase the perceived value of your home and make the perfect first impression.


Exterior of Home

  • Keep lawns cut

  • Trim hedges and bushes

  • Weed and edge gardens

  • Clear driveway and clean stains

  • Clean out garage

  • Power wash the home exterior

  • Touch up paint

  • Plant colourful flowers



At The Front Door

  • Clean porch and foyer

  • Ensure doorbell works

  • Repair any broken screens

  • Fresh paint or varnish front door

  • Repair any damages to the door and locks



Setting the Right Mood

  • Make sure your home smells fresh and clean

  • Turn on lights

  • Turn on air conditioner/heater

  • Open the drapes

  • Light the fireplace



Maximize Open Space

  • Clear halls and stairs of clutter

  • Clear kitchen counter and stovetop

  • Clear closets of unnecessary items

  • Remove empty boxes and storage

  • Put away personal photos so buyers can envision the house as theirs




  • Repair leaking taps and toilets

  • Clean furnace and filters

  • Tighten door knobs and latches

  • Repair cracked plaster

  • Apply a fresh coat of paint or touch up where necessary

  • Clean and repair windows

  • Repair seals around tubs and basins

  • Replace defective light bulbs

  • Oil squeaking doors

  • Repair squeaking floorboards



Squeaky Clean

  • Clean and freshen bathrooms

  • Clean fridge and stove

  • Clean around heating vents

  • Clean washer and dryer

  • Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds

  • Eliminate pet odours and stains

Home Improvements

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