Get rid of clutter. Throw out or file stacks of newspapers and magazines.
Pack away most of your small decorative items. Store out-of-season
clothing to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage.
Wash your windows and screens to let more light into the interior.
Keep everything extra clean. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates.
Mop and wax floors. Clean the stove and refrigerator. A clean house
makes a better first impression and convinces buyers that the home has
been well cared for.
Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors,
smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows.
Put higher wattage bulbs in light sockets to make rooms seem brighter,
especially basements and other dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.
Make minor repairs that can create a bad impression. Small problems,
such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet,
may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the
house isn’t well maintained.
Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, and
edge the walks. Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway.
Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.