The first thing that you will need to do before you even consider letting anyone look at the home is to get it ready for sale. Start off by de-cluttering your home. If you can live without it, put it in storage. De-cluttering is vital to the appeal of your home, so be savage on your clutter.
Now that you have de-cluttered you need to walk around the home and look at anything that needs to be repaired or fixed up. Use a note pad to jot down all of the things you need to get done and cross each one off as it is done. This will help you feel that you are making progress. Investors and buyers alike won’t pay top dollar for a property that needs a lot of work, so fix up and repair as many things as you can afford to.
After all of the repairs have been done, you will need to concentrate on making the home look clean, fresh and welcoming. A good scrub will do wonders for most places in the home. If your home is painted in colors that are very personal or bright, try painting a crisp, clean color like cream, which will help make the home look even cleaner and more spacious. This will give the new buyers the opportunity to choose their own personal touches once they have moved in.
Take note of the gardens and yard areas in your home. One of the main things that make potential buyers choose a home is the way the yard and gardens look when approaching the house. If your yard looks overgrown and unloved, it will serve you well to take the time to mow the lawn, plant some fast growing annuals, borrow potted plants from family and friends if you need to, but make sure that the yard looks inviting to the prospective buyers.
On a final note, make sure that the house is kept neat and tidy at all times when potential buyers start coming around to view the property. The biggest turn off to a prospective buyer is messy, cluttered rooms, unmade beds and dishes in the sink.
Remember that you are selling a potential buyer a lifestyle, not just a home. So, enhance all of the great things about your home that attracted you to it in the first place. If you take some time to present your house as the perfect home for your market, even if you are looking for a quick sale, you will have a far better chance of getting close to your asking price for it.