Prepare your home for sale
See your home through a buyer's eyes, you want buyers to walk through your house and feel like it's their home, not yours! Things like a wall of family portraits or your trophy collection are certain to prevent buyers from emotionally placing themselves in your home. Remember; See your home through a buyer's eyes.
Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours. Don't look backwards -- look toward the future.
After you have prepared you self to let go of your emotional attachments to your house, now is the time to tackle your home's little flaws: That hole in the wall you have been meaning to fix for a while, the screen door on the kitchen does not close well, the chipped paint on the baseboards, and the clutter in the basement. Make a list of items that need to be fixed by taking a thorough tour of your home, write down all items that a buyer might want changed or fixed. Repair as much as you can, within reason
Don't get so carried away with prepping your home that you forget why you're doing this - to increase the selling price of your home! You need to consider two things before making any improvements.
Will this make my home more desirable to buyers?
Will this increase the value of my home more than it costs me to do it?
Some repairs are absolutely vital, like a leaky roof or basement and unsafe electrical problems. Otherwise, fix all the little things like leaky faucets, doors that squeak, and small cracks in the ceiling.
Get rid of clutter: Your house will feel a lot bigger and more inviting when you clear out those closets, remove bulky, unused furniture and rearrange the remaining pieces to make the best use of space. If you haven't used something in the past year, toss it, donate it to charity or sell it.
Clean everything: Cleaning is the single most cost effective way to make your home more attractive to buyers. Floors, windows, walls, doors, baseboards - everything! Give extra care and attention to the bathrooms and kitchen. And once it's all clean, keep it clean! You never know when your ideal buyer will visit.
A fresh coat of paint will do wonders: Strong colours on the walls or old washed out wallpaper make it hard for buyers to imagine their furniture in your house. Consider repainting your home in bright, neutral colours that will enhance a room's size and look more inviting. Next to cleaning your home, paint is the most cost-effective way to increase your home's appeal.
Your Real Estate Sales Rep. may also be able to offer useful tips and advice when it comes to prepping homes.