Maximizing Your Home’s Appeal

Once you have committed to selling your home, there are a number of things that you can do to help sell your home at the best possible price, in the shortest amount of time.

Troop Real Estate Realtors are experts in marketing homes. However, selling your home is a joint effort with you playing an important role in the final results. Your major role is to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers.

Remember that first impressions count. You should do everything you can to make that first impression a positive one. People who consider buying your home will be as critical as you are in the search for your new home.

Take an inspection tour of your property, observing it as a potential buyer would. Take note of any minor repairs and painting that need to be done.

Here are some tips that have proven valuable to homeowners in preparing their homes for showing:

Do Not Over Improve

Be strategic when planning major improvements. An investment in paint where it’s obviously needed will be well worth the cost. The same is true for carpeting when it is shabby enough to be a turn-off. Keep in mind that most people out shopping for a house would rather plan their own major changes. Remodeling a bathroom or kitchen can potentially bring a high return on your investment, but it’s best to seek advice from your Troop Realtor before making any big decisions.

  • The TV and radio should be turned off. Let the salesperson and buyer talk free of disturbances.
  • Send children and pets outdoors to play. This will eliminate confusion and keep the prospect’s attention focused on your home.
  • Leave drapes open for light and airiness. All lights should be turned on to give rooms a larger appearance and cheerful effect.
  • Be sure the kitchen sink is free of dishes and rooms are uncluttered.
  • There is no need to attend your own open house. Your absence makes it easier for buyers to picture themselves as the homeowners.
  • Make sure your agent uses the latest technology to market your house. Troop Realtors advertise open houses on a host of popular real estate sites, including,,, MSN Real Estate, Yahoo Homes, and by email, social media and text to fellow Realtors and their buyers.
  • Avoid using strong-smelling cleaners like bleach, mopping solutions, and ammonia right before an open house. A potential buyer may wonder what you are trying to hide.
  • You’re opening your home to the public, so make sure your Realtor has everyone sign in and show a driver’s license. Secure valuables and lock away prescription medications.


Since the exterior of your home will be the first thing a prospective buyer sees, it is very important to create a good first impression.

  • Keep the lawn trimmed and edged. Weed and cultivate flower gardens. Trim shrubs & eliminate dead trees or branches. Pick up any debris, toys and lawn equipment.
  • Repair any fences or gates. Give them a fresh coat of paint if necessary.
  • Is the exterior well painted and the roof in good repair? Are gutters and down spouts in good working order?
  • Wash down driveways and sidewalks. Check them for cracking or crumbling.
  • Replace any cracked windows and torn screens.
  • The entrance should be clean and in good repair. The doorbell and front light must be in good working order.


Start with a good housecleaning from top to bottom. Don’t let dirt and clutter obscure your home’s good points. Discard unused and unnecessary items in storage areas and closets. Eliminating clutter will give your home a more spacious look.

  • Walls should be clean and free of smudges, fingerprints and dings. Consider a fresh coat of paint. Inspect woodwork and wallpaper for problems.
  • Arrange to make each room appear more spacious. Store badly worn furniture.
  • Wash windows and sills. Launder curtains and drapes.
  • Shampoo rugs and carpets. Floors should be cleaned and waxed.
  • Repair loose door knobs, sticking doors and windows and warped drawers.
  • Fix leaky faucets and eliminate discoloration in sinks.
  • Tighten loose stair banisters and be sure steps are free of objects.
  • Light fixtures should be in good repair. Replace discolored or cracked switch plates.
  • Clean out closets to display their roominess. Be sure clothes are hung neatly.
  • Shoes and other objects should be neatly arranged.
  • Bathrooms should be sparkling clean. Repair caulking in tubs and showers.
  • Bedrooms should appear neat with attractive spreads and curtains.
  • Clean and organize the garage