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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.


Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home. 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.


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 if necessary


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 


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



   •  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 where necessary

   •  Clean and repair windows

   •  Repair seals around tubs and basins

   •  Replace defective light bulbs

   •  Oil squeaking doors

   •  Repair squeaking floor boards


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

Johnston & Daniel Division, Brokerage
477 Mount Pleasant Road Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2L9
T 416 489 2121    F 416 489 6297

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