#1 – Your Entrance is the First Impression
Is the front door to your home looking a little worse for the wear after being abused by the weather for years? If so, consider a fresh coat of paint – or even a new door – to make the entrance to your home more attractive. Potential buyers are going to make quick judgments about your home when they come to look, so make sure that first impression is a good one.
#2 – Have the Carpets/Flooring Cleaned
Cleaning the carpets in your home can be a chore, however it is relatively affordable and can make a big difference when you put the house on the market. Not only will carpet cleaning be able to remove (or, at least, reduce) stains, but it should also go a long way toward improving the smell of your home. (I talk about smell a lot, don't I?)
#3 – Make Sure Everything Works
Buyers are going to want to purchase a house with everything in good working order, such as the heating and air units. Have a quick inspection done on these elements so you can advertise that they have recently been checked.
#4 – Clean out the Closets
Buyers love big closets. While you can’t really do anything about the actual size of your closets, you can make them appear bigger by taking most of the stuff out of them before the house goes for sale. Do your best to box up items that you don’t use and make the closet look as big as possible. (remove the boxed items to an area that won't create more clutter, preferable take them to storage).
#5 – Bathroom Updates
When buying a home that is not brand new, the condition of the bathrooms is going to be one of the key elements that people check during a walk through. Consider adding new toilet seats – or even new toilets – to make the bathroom look clean and inviting.
#6 – Drawer Pulls
Do your kitchen drawers and cabinets have pulls and handles? If so, consider updating those small pieces of hardware with something fresh. This is a project that is affordable and easy to complete, but it can go a long way toward giving your home an updated look.
#7 – How's the Outside Look?
It isn’t only the inside of your home that needs to look great before the property goes on the market. Address the outside space around your home as well by cleaning up the deck, organizing your furniture, and even planting a few flowers. Mulching and mowing are also impression builders.
#8 – Touch Up
Do your moldings have scuff marks and small dings from the toll of day to day life? If so, try touching up those spots in order to take some of the wear and tear away from the house. Touch up paint where needed.
#9 – Your Roof is very Important
The condition of the roof of a home is one of the big points that buyers will be checking as they shop. Even if your roof is in good condition, the presence of something like moss can make it look aged. By removing moss and other items from your roof – either yourself or with the help of a professional – you can help your home look its best when it is listed.
#10 - Let there be Light
Change out non-working light bulbs. Even better, replace all light bulbs with bright white LED lights and make the home shine!
Not numbered here, but you may want to have a Home Inspection prior to listing. An inspector can evaluate all the mechanics of the home and you can address any issues beforehand; before they become a Buyer's issues.