Leave things better than you found them. This is a quote you may have heard many times before. It may have been from your parent trying to teach you to clean up after yourself or a role model inspiring you to be a better person. Either way, it is a positive lesson to live by as it shows respect for the people, places, and things around you.

If you are thinking of selling your home sometime soon, you may be looking for ways to leave your home in better shape than you found it. Not only will this make your home more appealing to potential buyers, but it can also increase the value of your Berks County home. There are a variety of ways you can accomplish this task.

Boost Your Curb Appeal

First impressions are important and one of the first glimpses of your home buyers will see is your front yard. Boosting curb appeal is one of the first steps in getting people interested in your home. There are a variety of small tasks you can complete to make your front yard look great.

  • Get rid of weeds, sticks, leaves, and other debris.
  • Put down mulch.
  • Mow your lawn.
  • Sweep your porch.
  • Buy a new doormat.
  • Buy new house numbers.
  • Get a wreath or some simple decorations.
  • Plant some new flowers, trees, and other shrubberies.  
  • Touch up the trim around your doors, windows, and garage.
  • Touch up your mailbox.

If you need ideas, take a drive around your neighborhood and see what your neighbors are doing to boost their curb appeal.

Get Organized

Messes and clutter don’t appeal to many people if any. Most people prefer a nicely organized home. Making sure your home looks neat and organized can help you sell it. A good place to start is by going through your belongings and getting rid of items you no longer want or need. Then try to categorize the remaining items and store like items together. You can get bins, decorative boxes, or baskets. Then you can store these boxes on a shelf or other strategic places. This will help you keep the clutter out of sight so your home looks tidy and well ordered.


Over time, the paint in your home will likely fade, chip, or just become outdated. Take a look around your home and see which areas look like they could use some touching up. Then grab some paint at a Berks County home improvement store and get that area looking like new. You can touch up walls, furniture, cabinets, or almost anything you want. Just be careful with the color choice. Make sure it fits with the rest of your home and will be appealing to potential buyers.

Update Your Lighting

Updating your lighting is not necessary, but it can be a big plus. There are a lot of ways you can update your lighting. You can get systems with sensors or smartphone connection that provide more convenience. Color changing bulbs or more efficient bulbs are other options. You can even just update the style of your lighting and lampshades. Good lighting adds ambiance to your home and can provide a welcoming atmosphere.

Choose the Right Decor

Once you update the rest of your home, you can add the right decorative touches to pull everything together. Don’t go crazy, though. Sometimes less is more. Try to choose items that reflect the rest of your house or tie into the Berks County area. You can use paintings of local places or animals or repurpose old antiques found somewhere in the area. Mirrors can give the illusion that rooms are larger than they actually are which can help add value to your home.

HVAC Technology

Finally, if you have a bit more room in your budget, you will want to consider a new HVAC system installed by B&L Ott. A new system is a good selling point for many buyers. You can also look into having B&L Ott install a programmable thermostat or home zoning system. All of these options show buyers that their future home will run more efficiently so they don’t have to worry about high energy bills. If you are interested in learning more, you can contact B&L Ott through our website or by calling (610) 927-5133.