First of all, the simplest of all things that must be done is cleaning. No lessons to be given here.
And while you are cleaning take a deep breath. Notice any odors? You may not but a "neutral" nose may in fact be triggered. Ask your real estate agent. Ask the home stager you call in for a consultation. If you have a pet this may be an issue.
While it may not be necessary to consult a home stager consider these actions: Make sure your furniture shows off the space without overpowering. Consider the benefit of less furniture (temporary storage, not stuffed in the garage). Light and bright is positive. Lights should be on for showings as well as the curtains. And once the drapes are open, make sure prospects are looking out clean windows!
And think about what prospective buyers will see when they pull up in front of your home. Flower beds weeded, some fresh flowers planted, a new coat of paint on the front door, pressure washed walkways and green grass should greet your prospective buyers.
Take care of some of the "easy" repairs we often tolerate like faucets that drip, loose door knobs, blown light bulbs, ceiling fans wobbling while running. Don't educate prospective buyers the way I once saw that had a sign on the toilet that said "jiggle the handle!"
Although not inexpensive consider whether the expense of painting the interior of your home (think neutral colors) is worth the money spent on it. And one other areas of concern may be worn carpet. These two items are not expensive but the return on investment may be surprising.
Finally, look at the two most important rooms in the house - the kitchen and bathrooms. Anything that can be done to enhance the rooms will be a positive.
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