It doesn't cost anything to clean up so that's where you start. A groomed yard and tidy house will go a long way to making a buyer feel comfortable about your house. If the front yard is mess, the buyer immediately gets a negative attitude about your house before they set foot in the door. If the inside of the house is messy, they sometimes can't see past the mess and concentrate on looking at the house and I tell my clients...you want buyers to leave with a good feeling. Give buyers a great experience walking through your house. Open curtains, use some plants to warm up the space, use a pleasant aroma like vanilla or lavendar which are universally liked scents. Try to make your house as showroom quality as possible. Make rooms look bigger by taking out extraneous pieces. Likewise organize your closets and declutter them to make them look bigger. You don't want buyers to get the impression there's not enough space. Have a presale yardsale to get rid of unwanted items or donate them. Think about thrift stores that support a good cause. Decluttering your house will give buyers a more pleasing experience when they walk through. Change patterned bedspreads to solids. You don't want to distract the buyer or offend them with your passion for color. The same for walls. If you have your house painted in an array of Dr. Seuss colors, you really should paint and go with a neutral palette. You want to appeal to the broadest cross section of buyers. If there are things that can be improved with a little money, then do them. Replacing outdated fixtures will help your house get a more updated flair. Buyers like to see updated fixtures and these days there are plenty of inexpensive light fixtures. Replacing worn faucets is also good. Next you will want to set the stage as if you were having company and you are. Dress your bathroom for guests putting out fresh looking guest towels. Set the table like you were about to have dinner. Some wine and wine glasses on a counter or coffee table. Put on some soft easy listening music. If you need a stager, Peggy Musto is the best stager in Pinellas county. http://www.stagingbypeggy.com
By doing some or all of these things, you will increase the likeability of your house and buyers will leave with a good feeling which translates into a higher offer.