Its important to have your home in good showing condition before buyers start going through it. Here are some steps to take:

  1. Touch up interior and exterior paint as needed.
  2. Install new carpeting and flooring if it appears worn or dated.
  3. Make sure the front is clean and spruced up – curb appeal will create a favorable first impression.
  4. Trim bushes and plants as needed, and make sure the lawn is kept mowed and trimmed. In autumn, rake the leaves; in winter, keep the snow shoveled.
  5. Keep the interior clean, decluttered and odor-free. Eliminate evidence of pets.
  6. Minimize personal items such as family photos. You want buyers to see themselves living in the home.
  7. Consider putting excess furniture and belongings in storage. Nows the time to clean out the garage and basement and sell, give away or throw away items you dont need anymore.
  8. Consider having a pre-listing inspection performed. Buyers will be hiring professional inspectors; heres your chance to address problems in advance.
  9. Consider engaging a professional stager to give your home the right emotional appeal.