Yard and Exterior
First impressions are important. Be sure to clean up the yard, trim the bushes, paint if necessary. Creating great curb appeal will make your home stand out over other homes the buyer may be viewing.
Make the entry warm and inviting. The moment the buyer steps into the house can be pivotal to a great first impression.
Declutter! This depersonalizes the home and enables the buyer to mentally move their things into the house. Consider renting a storage unit, it can be a very effective way to declutter and mentally prepare you, the seller, for a move.
Clean like a professional
Buyers need to feel the house is sparkling clean. Pay special attention to the kitchen, bathrooms, light fixtures, and windows. The basement and garage should be cleaned out as well.
Anything minor that needs to be repaired should be done prior to listing. For example, broken or burned out light fixtures, outlets not functioning, broken window panes, loose or missing railings, etc. Taking care of the little things gives a buyer less to be concerned about and shows that your home has been well maintained.
Keep in mind the buyer has a lot of choices in today’s market. I compare the selection process to someone picking apples; it is most likely the shiniest apple will get picked, and it is the same with houses. It is to a seller’s benefit to make their house shine.