While some of my input will be redundant, I wanted to reinforce the messages, and also provide you the info in list of priority.
1) Front Door and Curb Appeal.........Clean up the lawn, put out flower pots, sweep the front porch, add a bit of mulch around a few focal points. Buyers often do drive buys before setting appointments. They also look online. You will lose showings if you skip this first step. While this alone will not sell your property, it will influence the number of showings and appointments. When the outside is manicured and inviting, buyers want to come in.
1a) Add some flowers to the inside also....potted flowers, vases of fresh cut flowers.
2) De-clutter and clean. Throw out what you really donâ€™t need. Donate extra furniture items. The more â€œstuffâ€ that is there, the more it detracts the buyers attention on the â€œstuffâ€ and away from the attributes of the property. Try to think of walking into a nice resort hotel room. It is inviting, but not personalized to a particular person or family.
3) Clean the kitchen and bathrooms again. People notice the details here. When these are clean, they feel more comfortable.
4) Take down anything that is dark or obstructs light. If you have massive balloon type valances on your windows, take them off. Add light by taking away obstructions.
5) Paint. Paint is inexpensive. It makes a room feel bright and clean. Touch up or paint an entire room. Neutral colors are best.
6) Include a home warranty. Generally, you wonâ€™t pay for this until closing. It will protect you through the listing period, add buyer confidence and assist you in inspection negotiations that identify a short life on any appliances.
7) Pull up old carpet in favor of hardwood floors if hardwoods are favored in your market.
I am not an advocate of spending a lot......just cleaning, painting and brightening.