1. Clean.  Make sure your home sparkles and smells nice.  Tip:  Before a showing, fill your sink with warm water and add a little bit of Lysol to it.  Let it sit for a little bit.  Let the water out before the showing, and your home will have a nice clean smell to it.
  2. Don’t leave your home cluttered.  Make sure the things that you have out are minimal.  Clean the floors throughout the house and closets.  Clutter makes a room look small.
  3. Straighten up bookcases, shelves and mantles.  You should also dust, as these objects like to collect it.
  4. Organize your pantry and cabinets.  Line your shelves.  Clean your laundry room.
  5. Choose good paint colors.  DO NOT paint your walls white throughout the house.  It gives an “institutional” feel.  A nice blend of whites, tans, grays and beige’s are what buyers prefer.
  6. Do not remove framed photos.  They give a prospective buyer a cozy, at home feel.
  7. Toys.  It is okay to leave some of your child’s favorite toys out, just make sure they are neat and in order.  Make the beds every day.
  8. Bathrooms, this is BIG.  They MUST be spotless.  Make sure they smell good and that nothing is on the floors.  A messy bathroom can make a prospective buyer change their mind.
  9. Yard.  For some reason, homes with yellow or red flowers in pots or near the front porch sell faster.  Keep your yard well-manicured, as it is the first thing a prospective buyer sees.
  10. Create a nice patio space for entertaining.  Clean your patio furniture, and have fresh flowers in each pot.  Remember the prospective buyers want to envision themselves living there and making memories.