Presenting your home in the right light can not only get your home sold faster but may also bring offers near the asking price. Mind you, there are not guarantees, but the better prepared you and your home are the more likely a successful sale will be. Many of these tips may indeed cost money to accomplish, and having the time to prep your home can be very daunting, but the end result will be worth the effort.
Nix the clutter
It’s important to sort and purge belongings in advance. Now is the perfect time to get rid of things you’d prefer not to move with you, and it will make your home seem more spacious and open up possibilities in buyer’s minds.
Clean your home prior to the first open house and any showings. If you’re short on time or simply dreading the task consider hiring a professional cleaning company. You’ll want to clean everything from top to bottom including the walls, window coverings, light fixtures, flooring, vents, surfaces, and everything in between. Don’t forget to clean up the outside also. This could include power washing the exterior of your home, garage, driveway and walkways. Clean up the yard as well including raking, weeding, and mowing as needed.
Remove personal items
If you have too many family photos and the like it will be hard for buyers to envision themselves in the space.
Spruce up the bathrooms
Little touches like matching towels, a new shower curtain, and a few candles can help any bathroom shine.
Stick with neutral colors for the walls, window coverings, and decor to ensure that everyone who walks through the door will find your home appealing.
Repairs and maintenance
You’ll want to ensure your home is in good condition and ready for new ownership. Fixing small things such as a dripping faucet or peeling paint can make a big difference when you add them up. Also be sure to keep up on home maintenance such as cleaning the gutters and making sure windows are opening and closing properly.
If your home is lacking landscaping it would help to place a few pots of flowers or hanging baskets out front. Things as simple as wreaths, welcome mats, a new mailbox, or an updated porch light fixture can make the home seem warm and inviting.
You can find more useful tips here- http://www.forbes.com/sites/trulia/2014/06/13/21-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-selling/