Declutter - from magazines stashed in a basket/on tables to clearing out closets, the pantry, and the garage. I'm always startled by a 'spring-loaded' closet, for heavens sake, people need to see if all their stuff will fit, so let them see (and using a group like Freecycle.org is a fab way to cleanse)
Pick up the odd stuff on the outside, spruce up the trim, clean the exterior windows, clean the gutters, etc.
Clean, Clean, CLEAN. Let your place sparkle. Literally start at the top and work your way down. If you think it is clean, clean it again. Seriously.
The key is to not go overboard with fixing up. A kitchen re-do will not recoup your full investment, ditto for a bathroom. Go to open houses in your area and see what other homes look like, see where yours is better and worse and step it up to be the best around.
Curb appeal is the first place to start. If you have over grown trees blocking the view of your home you will want to trim them. Also make sure the home is easy to find by painting the mail box and placing new numbers on it. Updating the kitchen and bathroom will often give you the best return on your investment. Feel free to contact me with any additional concerns that you have.
Clean, declutter. Tidy up the approach to the house and install a working lock
(not one that is not tarnished and a struggle to turn) if necessary, so the first
impression is a good one. Then fresh paint / clean carpet ... then updated
plumbing fixtures and lights where needed.
There are extra reports on my web page.
Thanks for asking and good luck,
Updating the flooring should be a priority if it makes sense compared to your target selling price. Homes with fresh paint and new flooring always sell faster. Buyers like to see updated appliances too. Energy efficiency sells!
Keller Williams Realty