Buyers respond to clean homes. Deep clean or hire help to come in weekly during the process.That means baseboards, switchplates , steam the carpets if stained, and even better if you can replace with hardwood which seems to be most popular. Check baths for old broken tiles etc., if outdated color fixtures, change to white.
Declutter and if that means hiring a dumpster or someone to cart away old furnishings, do it.
Freshen paint if the front door or steps have worn paint and freshen trim paint if you have painted woodwork and it looks dingy or dinged.If you have very dark trim, ask your realtor if painted white would enhance the style of your home. On the cape, natural may be the way to go.
Replacing counters, tile, colors are best to get advice from someone who looks at the style of your home and whether it it best suited to vacationers or someone who would purchase for year round.
Anything on the exterior look for products that work best for seaside communities.Go see what new construction builders are using for products.