Optimizing Your Home’s Appearance

As your Boulder Realtor, I recommend these tips if you want to get some do-it-yourself work done to help get your Boulder real estate sold:

Outside the Property:

  • In the winter, ensure that the driveway and walkway to the home are clear of snow and ice.
  • Edge the lawn along the driveway and walkways (front and back) for a neat appearance.
  • Trim all shrubbery and remove dead and low-hanging tree limbs.
  • Seed, aerate, and fertilize the lawn (springtime) for greener grass. If possible, add some color to the front of the house with potted or hanging plants. Red, yellow, and purple are vibrant colors that brighten the exterior of the home.
  • Keep weeds in check, and be sure to water your lawn regularly during the summer months to keep the grass green. Mow weekly.
  • Replace old gutters and downspouts, ensure proper drainage away from the home. Remove debris from gutters and downspouts. Wash debris off of roof and jetwash exterior of home to remove dirt and cobwebs.
  • Paint any surface that is blistering or peeling. Re-stain decking that looks worn.
  • The front door is critical. If the door is old, consider investing in a new door. Otherwise, give it a fresh coat of paint or re-stain it to create a clean first impression.
  • Polish or replace house numbers. Ensure that your house number is easily readable from the street. A new mailbox/exterior light may be in order if they are dated or tarnished.
  • Place new, colorful doormats at all entrances to the home and keep the porch swept.

Inside the Property:

  • Paint rooms that have not been painted recently for a fresh clean look. Choose warm neutral colors such as beige, moss green, or a light terra cotta. Consider painting one wall a shade darker for accent.
  • Have the carpeting and window coverings professionally cleaned. If the carpeting is worn or looks dated, it is best to have it replaced.
  • Make sure all lights work and have bulbs. Clean or replace light switch and electrical outlet covers. Consider updating light fixtures, especially in the kitchen and dining room.
  • Fix leaky faucets, and consider replacing bathroom/kitchen hardware. This is one of the lowest cost improvements that makes a big impression.
  • Clean the glass in windows and doors inside out.
  • Neutralize pet odors, use scented candles in each room for a pleasant smell.
  • MAKE BEDS DAILY! You never know when there might be a showing. Clean, white bedspreads are best. A few extra pillows on the bed makes the room much more inviting.
  • Bathrooms: keep toilet seats down! Put out matching towels and hand towels, deep clean toilets, sinks, and bathtubs/showers. Replace old caulking in tubs and showers.
  • De-clutter! Remove books from bookshelves, pack the knick-knacks. Put essential items in baskets for easy storage and easy access when needed. Keep kitchen counters clean, and free from clutter, including toasters, coffee makers and knife blocks.
  • Rearrange pantries and closets and remove some items so they are uncluttered. Line up shoes neatly.
  • Remove excess furniture and boxes in the garage and basement. Ensure free movement in all rooms, and no cramped spaces.
  • Rent a storage unit or a PODS, to store such items in the interim.
  • Clear out remaining items in basement and garage to maximize the open feeling of unused space.
  • Depersonalize. Remove all but a very few family photos. Consider removing religious items.

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Tasks to Prepare For Market

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