The most cost effective things to make a home salable are clean-up and paint. Though they cost less than most other projects, they bring the biggest bang for the buck, and in many instances, the seller can do-it-yourself. When painting, don't forget the front door, and the area around it. It is the first impression a buyer will make, and a marred door with cobwebs drifting down from the eaves is not the picture you want the buyer to remember. Cleaning up the yard is also cost effective, and even if you don't have a green thumb, adding a border of flowering plants makes the whole property look inviting. Fix things that are broken. We say, "Things that cost hundreds to fix, a buyer will deduct thousands from their offer." Be sure to air the home every day, you never know when a buyer is coming over who does not like the smell of garlic as much as you do. It's strange what small things will do to make the home feel inviting and bring the quickest and highest offer.