Maximizing Your Home's Potential

We live in our homes one way; we market them in another. Just as builders recognize that a finished, clean, pleasantly decorated model home enables them to enhance the appeal of the homes they are building, “staging” your home to enhance its appeal will give you a competitive edge against all the other homes on the market. $500 spent in cleaning, painting, and making minor repairs will pay you back as much as $5,000 in a higher sales price and result in a faster sale. Wade and his team know which items are cost-effective and will pay you back many times over in buyer interest.

After you agree to list your home with Wade, he will detail which simple, easy steps you can take to enhance your home’s appeal. Wade is responsible for marketing your home. Through the price you set and the efforts you take to dress your home for success, you are in control of the marketability of your home.

If your home’s exterior looks clean, orderly and in good repair, that’s the impression your house will convey. A dirty home and clutter can obscure your home’s good points, so start with a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. Place unused items and furniture in a storage unit or hold a garage sale. Less clutter means a more spacious home – an important selling point.

Inspect your home as a potential buyer would.


  • Maintain a neatly trimmed lawn around the walks and drive.
  • Remove all weeds and water all flower pots or gardens.
  • Shrubs are trimmed and dead trees and branches eliminated.
  • Remove all debris and neatly store all toys and lawn equipment.
  • Fences and gates are repaired and repainted, if necessary.
  • The roof, gutters, and down spouts are in good repair.
  • Driveways and sidewalks are washed down.
  • Wash and repair all windows and screens.
  • Doorbell and front lights are in good working order.
  • Clean or repair walls so they are free of smudges, fingerprints and dents.
  • Polish woodwork, crown molding, and inspect for problem areas.
  • Store furniture that’s in bad shape at family’s or neighbor’s garage.
  • Shampoo and vacuum all rugs and carpet, and wax floors.
  • Tighten loose doorknobs, sticking doors, windows and warped drawers.
  • Repair leaky faucets, tubs, and toilets, as well as tub and shower caulking.
  • Remove loose items like toys from stairs, steps, and floors.
  • Light fixtures are in good working order, and all electrical outlets work.
  • Replace discolored wall face plates.
  • Closets will be opened by potential buyers! Organize clothes and shelves to display spaciousness.
  • Make sure your bathrooms are sparkling clean. Use decorative guest towels for showings.
  • Bedrooms are tidy and beds are neatly made. Open curtains to allow light in.
  • Clear off kitchen countertops and only place out a few pretty items.
  • The basement, attic and garage are clean and well organized.
  • Clean mirrors, picture frames and wall artwork.
  • Strategically place mirrors to create an impression of added space in small areas.
  • Use soft lighting throughout the home; dim lights when showing the house.
  • Subtle, fresh scents in bedrooms or bathrooms and fresh baked cookies in the kitchen can make your home more inviting.
  • Repaint walls if needed to soft, neutral colors.
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