1. Have a plan, talk to a real estate agent about the best time to put your home on the market, and what needs to be done to get your home in tip top condition for showings.
2. Clear Clutter: Remember the prospective buyer wants to see your home and the potential, not your personal items and collections. Also remember to replace light bulbs where needed, and do minor repairs and maintenance.
3. Paint at least 1 room. The rooms most looked at are the living room, entry, master bedroom. A fresh coat of paint gives the since of a clean and refreshed room. Also don't forget the front entry and door, as that is the first thing the buyer sees.
4. Clean: Not just your everyday cleaning, but the deepest of cleaning. Taking each room into consideration cleaning top to bottom, side to side. Give special attention to bathrooms and kitchens, including closets and cupboards.
5. Plant some color: No matter the time of year, try to clean and tidy front of house and add a touch of color with some flowers or fresh potted plants.
6. Stage and depersonalize: You do not need to hire a stager, your realtor should be able to guide you as to lay out of furniture and what could be done to enhance and show your home. You may need to get a storage unit for personal items and collectibles and to help optimize the spaces.
7. Create the right vibe: Your house needs to be warm and welcoming, light and bright, and most of all smell fresh. No need to bake cookies or pastries, but a nice aroma of citrus or pine, usually says your home is clean and fresh.