Most buyers have a hard time imagining how a home will look with their belongings in it. Your goal is to give them a black canvas. To that end, you should:
- Remove any excess clutter.
- Paint your walls a neutral color.
- Keep the home well-lit and bright - leave on a few lights in key areas throughout the home and pull the curtain open.
- Leave your home every day with it ready to show.
- Your goal should be to make a positive first impression. That impression starts from the second the buyer pulls up to your home.
- Keep your yard clean. It should be cut and watered regularly.
- Trim your hedges and pull any excess weeds. If you have a flowerbed, make sure it looks well-maintained.
- Make any necessary repairs upfront. If you make the kinds of repairs upfront that you are going to have to make an way, your house will look more attractive to potential buyers.
- Repair loose or damaged shingles, walkway tiles, siding and caulking.
- Repair any cracks, leaks, or water damage.
- Replace worn carpet with a good medium quality neutral carpet.
- Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
- Inspect and, if necessary, repair the heating, cooling and electrical system.