Remove clutter. Clear off counters and pack unnecessary knick knacks. Put any extra furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season items. Don’t forget to tidy closets too.
Let it shine. Cleaning windows and screens will help bring more light into your home. Replace burnt out bulbs, and consider higher wattage in low-light areas. Clean the walls or brush on a fresh coat of bright, neutral paint. Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones and show off your view.
Keep it clean. A deep clean before listing your home will make upkeep easier and appeal more to the buyer.
Maximize comfort. In summer, shut A/C vents on the first floor so more air will get upstairs. Reverse the process in winter.
Rid any stale smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate odors. Open the windows to air out the house. Consider scented candles and or diffusers. For quick fixes in the kitchen, cotton balls soaked in vanilla extract or lemon/lime juice can instantly make the fridge a better-smelling place. You can also run lemon rinds through the garbage disposal for a similar effect.
Take care of minor repairs. Sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they will give buyers the impression that the house has not been well-maintained.
Clean up outdoors. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, add new mulch, trim the bushes, edge the walkways and clean the gutters. A pot of fresh flowers near the entryway can also add great curb appeal.
Set the scene. A bright and cozy throw or new accent pillows easily jazz up a dull room. Pretty dishes or a simple centerpiece on the tables can help buyers picture themselves living there. If you have a fireplace, lay fresh logs nearby.
Make the bath luxurious. Make sure your personal toiletry items are out of sight, as well as old towels and toothbrushes. Add a new shower curtain if necessary and fancy guest soaps.