1. Fix all the small stuff.
You may or may not want to have your home inspected before you list it, but know that the buyer will have an inspection before the sale is finalized. If they find small problems, they will worry that there are larger maintenance issues that they can’t yet detect.
2. Get rid of oversized and excess furniture.
The less furniture you have in your house, the larger it will appear when buyers are touring it. Sell or donate pieces you don’t plan to move to your new home, and store large or ugly pieces.
3. Clear out all the clutter. That can be everything from magazines on a side table to the kids’ boots in the hall to your blender on the kitchen counter. The home needs to look sleek and minimalist.
Your home may reflect your life, but you want new people to visualize it as their home. That means removing all the family photos, trophies and any political or religious décor items. Strive for a clean slate.
5. Deep clean your home.
Everything needs to be cleaned thoroughly, inside and out. You’ll want to clean out closets, wash all the windows and have the carpets cleaned.
6. Update and freshen your décor. Many of today’s home sellers are baby boomers, while the buyers are millennials, making them essentially a generation younger They tend to prefer minimalist and modern.
7. Focus on curb appeal.
Most buyers drive by before they ever ask to come inside. It’s time to trim trees, clean gutters, clear out dead landscaping and add new sod and flowers. Consider getting a new mailbox and numbers and painting your front door.
8. Repaint in neutral colors.
Builder white and beige look dated, with warm neutrals such as soft gray or pale taupe. You want your buyers to be able to picture their life there.
9. Get professional photographs.
If your home doesn’t show well in the photos, people won’t bother to visit. Some real estate agents provide professional photos as part of their marketing package.
10. Create a story. Write a paragraph about why you love your home and post it with the listing. Put together information about improvements you’ve made. A happy home brings in more