As time continues to march on, we Realtors are all wondering what projects you have taken on so far to get your home ready for the market. A lot of good advice has been given already.
Some things never change, such as updating kitchens and baths. But don't under estimate the most important part in getting your home ready is making sure it is clean and smells fresh. I know it seams obvious but it is surprising how many comments are made by buyers who prioritize how clean a home is kept with if they want to make an offer. Really clean the house or hire someone to it.
Paint. Off-white if not already. Yes, it can be bland at times but it allows buyers to envision themselves in the house!
If something is installed in your house, than it should work...lights, locks, doors, appliances.
Start packing you personal items. First off, they're personal and should not be for the eyes of strangers. Family pictures, awards, financial papers, self-help books...all need to go to your new place anyway!
I have been doing this for while and have helped my clients get their houses ready for the market. One house was sold within 3 days because my team and I set the stage for the buyers. The seller was prepared and willing to do what needed to be done and we sold it quickly. This is even more important today ... 'turnkey' houses sell, fixer's sell too but for a lot less. If you are stuck and need or want a consultation my cost is a cup of coffee? That goes for anyone else who needs or wants the same.
All the best to you,