These are the low cost things tat you can do yourself:
1) De-clutter, especially the closets and storage areas.
2) Shampoo the carpets and wax the floors.
3) Clean the kitchen and baths including the appliances.
4) Touch up the paint and if necessary repaint...especially if any rooms have dark or unusual colors.
5) Wash the windows.
6) Paint the front door and trim and pay careful attention to the foyer. that is the first thing people see.
7) Repair things that appear to be broken like kitchen cabinets, gutters and downspouts.
8) Attend to the landscaping, trim overgrown bushes, cut the grass, put a few flowers out.
And most importantly, make sure the home is competitively priced. You will have the most showings in the first two weeks. If the price is too high that will create a negative impression in the minds of the visitors, including their Realtor, that will be impossible to erase. You will have wasted valuable time. Make sure you peg the price based on actual sales of comparable homes within the last 6 months, not what people are asking. Ask the listing agent to do a detailed CMA and get a copy. Study it before you agree on a listing price. If you hope to sell to an owner occupant make sure the home will pass an inspection. If there are problems with the roof, the HVAC, plumbing, wet basement, be prepared make concessions.
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