Here are 20 quick-start ideas to help you maintain and enhance the value of your home.


  1. Get a plumber and electrician to make sure your pipes and wiring are in the right places and working properly.

  2. Replace chipped tiles in your shower and tub, re-grout if needed.

  3. Make sure all latches and bolts work, that the hinges are well-oiled and that they don’t creak.

  4. Take care of minor repairs that crop up every now and then immediately. Proper maintenance saves you quite a bit on expensive restoration and renovation.

  5. Make sure your house is water and wind proofed. Check for broken roof tiles/slates, blocked drainpipes, and get them fixed.


  1. Change the filter in your air-conditioner to avoid that stale, musty smell when it’s turned on.

  2. A new coat of paint on all your walls does more than brighten up the rooms.

  3. Spruce up your front door – a fresh coat of paint, a new knocker, or even a shiny knob – they work wonders. And make sure your doorbell works!

  4. Paint the fence (or railing) surrounding your house, and get those broken boards and bars fixed.

  5. Give your yard a cosmetic makeover by getting rid of old junk lying around, trim the hedges, mow your lawn, and rake up those leaves. Uproot dead and dying plants and shrubs.


  1. Swap old, leaky faucets with shiny new ones.

  2. Reface cabinet doors, especially those that are peeling and fading.

  3. Put new blades in your ceiling fans.

  4. Redo your bathroom floor – new vinyl tiles or sheet vinyl make a world of difference.

  5. Install a new bathtub, toilet, or shower if needed.


  1. Hang a large mirror in the living room; it creates virtual space besides adding to overall appeal.

  2. If you have a fireplace, make sure it is the center of the room. Rearrange the furniture around it.

  3. Use throws and pillows in colors that match the room to cover up worn sofa and chair upholstery.

  4. Update your kitchen appliances; at the very least, make sure they match.

  5. Add subtle lighting effects that make your home look appealing in the dark from the outside.


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