1. Curb appeal, the window to your home.   You have 10 seconds to make an impression.  Keep the grass well-watered and mowed. Have your trees trimmed. Cut back overgrowth. Plant some blooming flowers. Store toys, bicycles, roller-skates, gardening tools. If necessary, replace your front doors hardware, paint the door and trim painted.  Be sure the numbers on your home are visable and replace if dateD, an inexpensive face lift.   Sweep the porch and the front walkway. Are you exterior lights dated?  If so, replace or paint them.  Always keep your lights on after dark!.

2. If you’re not using it, put it away! SIGHT, SMELL, SOUND. If any one of these senses is offended in your home that is ALL the potential buyer will remember! Buyers have to be able to see themselves in your home. If your home has too much furniture, overflowing closets, crowded kitchen and bathroom countertops or lots of family photos or collectibles on display, potential buyers won’t be able to see your home. Get rid of anything you don’t need or use. They know you’re moving so boxes in the basement or garage, stored neatly, are not a problem. To eliminate bad smells, bathe your pets, freshen the cat litter box frequently, shampoo your carpets,vacuum daily,  dry clean your drapes, and empty trash cans, and recycling bins.  Place open boxes of baking soda in smell-prone areas, and refrain from cooking fish or strong-smelling foods. Introduce pleasing smells by placing flowers or potpourri (soft scents, you don’t want anything to floral or overwhelming) in your home and using air fresheners. Baking a fresh or frozen pie or some other fragrant treat is another common tactic.

4. Fix it! Buyers expect everything in their new home to operate safely and properly. Picky buyers definitely will notice-and likely magnify — minor maintenance problems you’ve ignored for months or even years. Leaky faucets, burned-out light bulbs, painted-shut or broken windows, inoperable appliances and the like should be fixed before you put your home on the market. These repairs may seem small, but left undone they can lead buyers to question whether you’ve taken good care of your home.

5. Don’t overstage. Sometimes setting the tables with your fine china, silver and napkins can be a little much.  Fresh flowers, clean towels, freshly made beds and everything in it’s place sets the stage.

6. Become the buyer. View your home as if you were there for the first time. What do you notice? How do you feel about what you see? Does the home seem inviting? Well-maintained? Would you want to buy this home? Your answer should be an enthusiastic yes!