Low Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home

These low-cost tips will help you boost your home’s appeal to potential buyers without breaking your budget.

  • Trim bushes so they do not block windows and or architectural details.
  • Mow your lawn and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before a showing to make the lawn sparkle.
  • Put a pot containing bright, blooming flowers on your porch. In the winter use an evergreen plant.
  • Install a new doorknob on your front door.
  • Repair any cracks in the driveway.
  • Edge the grass around walkways and trees.
  • Keep your garden tools and hoses out of sight.
  • Clear toys from the lawn.
  • Buy and install a new mailbox.
  • Upgrade your outside lighting.
  • Buy a new doormat for the outside of your front door.
  • Clean your windows inside and out.
  • Polish or replace your house numbers.
  • Place a seasonal wreath on your door.

Portions of this article reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online by permission of the National Association of REALTORS®. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.

Setting the price
Listing your house at the right price is critical

Listing agents market your home to other REALTORS® who work with homebuyers, dramatically increasing the number of people who are trying to sell your home. There will be a lot of activity immediately after your home is listed as other REALTORS® preview your home so they can show it to their clients – if the price is right.

If your house is overpriced, fewer REALTORS® will preview your home, and fewer potential buyers will tour it.

Working with a professional REALTOR®, you will receive a competitive market analysis that will reveal the selling price of comparable homes and other factors that are utilized in calculating the price at which your home should be priced. It is in your best interest that your house is listed at a price that is fair and at which it will receive maximum exposure, thus decreasing the time spent on the market.