Before you decide to sell your home take a good look around, better yet, leave the house for awhile, return and pretend you are the buyer. Begin your role playing as soon as you pull on to your street.
How does your yard look?
Could your landscaping be cleaned up? Are the trees and bushes trimmed?
Is the outside of your house fresh?
Look at the garage/carport area and front porch. Get rid of the clutter. If you have a garage door make sure it's clean/painted. Do you have cobwebs hanging around your exterior lights, columns, door frames? Do your shutters and window frames need cleaning?
What is your first impression of the interior?
Honestly evaluate your initial impression. Do you get a feeling of space or are you overwhelmed by furniture and decorative touches? Is the lighting adequate? Could bulbs be replaced and fixtures cleaned? Evaluate the condition of your furniture, floor coverings and window treatments.
Open closets and cabinets.
Are they crammed full? Store extra linens, glassware, dishes and small appliances elsewhere. Now is the time to donate those clothes and coats you never wear. Buyers like space, especially closet and storage space. Get rid of it, or put the items in storage.
When you are ready to list your home for sale do a thorough cleaning, top to bottom, paint if necessary and call Your Neighborhood Realtor®.