Don't Forget the Interior
you get the buyers into the house, it is very important to make their visit
as pleasant as possible. That means having the whole house ready. You
them to be as comfortable as possible, and to linger in the home. Every
room in your home should be spotless, especially the living room,
and bathroom. Any "turn off" will send them
to the next house on their list!
Start with a good cleaning and make every surface shine, from windows
to floors. Don't forget ceiling fans and baseboards. Pay special
attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.
Try to eliminate
all clutter as clutter can cost a sale. Organize all
closets and drawers because buyers might look there. Ask family or
friends if you can borrow some space in their garage, than pack and
eliminate some of your belongings from the house.
Make any necessary repairs so that buyers don't have to add that to their list. Add a fresh coat of paint if needed.
Depersonalize each room, removing photo frames and posters or personal artwork.
Remove all your pets' ancillary items, such as food bowls and litter
boxes. Make sure your house does not have any unpleasant odors. Keep in
mind that bacteria are often the cause of unpleasant odors and no
amount of air fresheners or potpourri will solve your problem. So the
best way is to clean everything to get rid of the bacteria, than store
the items in the box and out of the way.
Try to rearrange furniture to make rooms appear as large as possible. Rent a
storage unit or portable pod if needed for larger pieces of furniture or
Tidy up the garage. Throw away any obvious junk that is lying around
that you never use. Buy plastic containers and extra shelving if needed
and as you go through all of your stuff, try to organize it into major
categories like tools, pet supplies, ornaments, collectibles, etc. The
more things that you can place together in related groups, the easier
it will be to organize and see what you want to keep, what you have in
duplicate, and what you no longer want or need.