; Replace any light fixtures that are broken, damaged, or dangerous in any way. ; Put in new light bulbs to brighten rooms. ; Thoroughly clean fixtures you aren’t updating. ; Don’t forget the outside lights! Great lighting is important when showing a home. When potential buyers walk into a bright, well-lit house, they get a feeling of openness and trust. Plus, you put in a lot of hard work cleaning. Light everything up, and let your home shine! Bright lighting also makes an area look more open and attractive. This will make closets and rooms in your home feel larger. One more tip: Change old, haggard ceiling fan blades. Look for inexpensive ones at any hardware superstore. Revamp the front entrance: Step outside onto your front lawn. Don’t feel bad if you’ve gotten so wrapped up in updating and improving the inside of your home that you have neglected the outside. It happens to all of us. You can rectify the situation quickly and effectively. First, address the front entryway, starting with the lock and knob of your front door. What do you see? + Is it a mousy little knob from decades past? + Is it dented or rusted? Does the key stick? Is it hard to open? + Could someone break in with a bobby pin and patience? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need to replace your door handle with a heavy-duty deadbolt and knob combination. Why? The knob is the first point they touch on your home. A flimsy lock and handle on your front door tells potential home buyers your home isn’t secure. It makes them feel uncomfortable, and they won’t even know why. Get a big, sturdy set, and they’ll feel your home is as safe as can be.
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