You know that first impressions are everything. This is especially true when you are trying to sell your home. Every realtor will tell you that in order to more easily sell your home, you should have your home staged with good looking furniture and should have the yard looking great, but there are also some basic maintenance and cleaning tips that many people overlook that can really make a difference in the first impression that your home gives to potential buyers.

One of the areas that is often overlooked when looking at homes that are for sale is the driveway. If you have a concrete driveway that is in poor shape, it is important to make sure to kill and remove all plants, weeds and grass that are growing up through the cracks. Simply removing the plants will make an instant improvement in the look of the driveway and the overall impression of the home. Next, measure how much concrete would be needed to patch all of the areas that are falling apart. If you have the time and budget to patch the driveway and clean it up, it is worth doing so. If the amount required exceeds your budget, move on to other areas to improve.

If you have a blacktop driveway, it may be time to reseal it. A normal sized driveway can be resealed by one person in an afternoon with only a driveway squeegee and a bucket or two of sealer. A fresh sealed driveway gives your home that fresh, new look for very little cost and time and is definitely worth the effort and money you spend.

The next area that many people overlook is rust. Rust is a surefire way to make your home look like it is uncared for and a bit rundown, and it is definitely worth doing whatever you have to in order to get rid of it. You may have a great washbasin in your laundry room, but if there’s rust stains running down the inside from the faucet, it’s going to look cheap and old. Also look for rust stains under any outside faucets on your home’s foundation or around any other metal surfaces. If you have any rust stains, grab a bottle of CLR and scrub that rust away.

A final tip is to edge your property. Having your lawn unevenly growing over the sidewalk gives your home a haphazard and unkempt look. It only takes a few minutes with the right tool, but really gives your home a neat and organized look.

Hopefully, you can use these simple tips to improve the look of your home before you put it up for sale (although these tips are worthwhile following even if you are not selling your home and just want it to look well maintained). If you are trying to sell it, these maintenance and cleaning tips will give prospective buyers a better first impression of your home. And a better first impression should mean more chance of a sale, and hopefully more money in your pocket!


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