Start with the first view a potential buyer will have of your home. Spruce up the front yard. Trim bushes, pull weeds, keep the lawn mowed, rake leaves, keep snow shoveled, and keep toys and other obstructions off the walkway and entryway to the house. During the growing seasons, purchase several pots of flowers to put in your front yard. During the holiday season, consider a festive wreath on the front door. Make sure that newspapers and mail do not accumulate on the front steps or porch.
Go through your home and do some maintenance. Make sure all faucets, light switches, and toilets work. Replace burned out light bulbs. Clean or repaint walls that need attention. Glue falling wallpaper. Make sure windows and their coverings are clean and free of dust.
Pare down the clutter. Since you are already planning to move, begin that move by putting out-of-season clothing, decorations, and unused items in boxes that can be put in storage. If you can, put unnecessary pieces of furniture in storage too. Not only will this make your rooms look bigger, it will also help you assess what items you want to get rid of before you take them to your new home. Remember that those less fortunate than you may be able to use your discarded items. There are several reputable organizations that will even pick up your donation and provide you with a receipt for your taxes.
Use the experience and advice of your real estate broker or agent. Your real estate professional wants to sell your home for the most amount of money in the shortest period of time, just as you do.
As competent and knowledgeable as your real estate professional may be, there may come a time when you disagree with his or her advice. You are not alone. Many sellers take issue with certain sales tactics such as removing personal items like family pictures, putting the pets in kennels, rearranging the furniture or replacing it with something better, and, of course, hiring actors to play the owners of the house. Do not suffer in silence. If something about the marketing bothers you,
discuss it with your real estate agent.