Prepare in advance. Several months before listing your house for sell:
1. Take an honest assessment of your home and yard. Look critically at the structure of your home, noting any repairs that need to be made. Hire an inspector if needed to find damage that may not be obvious to you. Do the same for cosmetic issues that need attention, such as peeling wallpaper, molding that may be loose, walls that need painting, etc. Taking care of these issues before listing will cost you money and time, but will encourage potential buyers to take action.
2. Walk through your home and make sure it is decluttered and arranged attractively. Enter your own home from the front door and any secondary doors and look objectively at what you see. Do you need to remove some furniture to make the house look more spacious? Can you move about the space easily? Are closets too crowded? You want to present your home in the most attractive manner possible, and it may be worth your while to hire a professional to stage your home for a faster sale.
3. Give your home a deep clean, paying attention to those areas that are often overlooked, like the tops of door and window facings, light fixtures, and inside cabinets. This will give potential buyers assurance that the home is well-maintained, and they will appreciate that the home is in “move in” condition. Hire a professional if needed to ensure that your home will look its best.