As you're thinking about putting your house on the market, you want to take some pre-listing steps to make your home look its absolute best for potential buyers, especially in the current market. It has to stand out from all the rest and literally be the best home in a price range...and priced better than the rest. Some of the things you can do as you prepare to list it are included here.
You can do yard maintenance (yes, even in winter...dead leaves, fresh mulch, etc.). Fix any rotted wood around the house and repaint the repaired area. if your front door doesn't look crisp and new - repaint that area around it, including the door. If your interior has not been painted in awhile, you may want to repaint with neutral colors. That is not to say it has to be builder grade yellow. It needs to have some depth to it - like a light but warm beige/tan color. Then put a few small bursts of color in the rooms. A couple of red pillows and drapes in a completely neutral room will make it pop. If you have a lot of stuff...start packing it up and put it in storage. You don't want an empty house, but you want it to feel larger than it is. Keep only the furniture that accentuates the feature of every room (fireplace in family room, bed in bedroom, etc.) and arrange furniture so that the feature really is the first thing you notice when you walk in the room. Fix anything that you know needs fixing. Walk around the house with a keen eye to spot and correct anything that looks like an issue - nail pops, small holes in the wall from pictures, anything at all like that. There are a ton of more things that can be done to help your home stand out, but I usually recommend the rest after seeing the individual home for specific recommendations.
An agent can give you data on price points for your home and can put a solid marketing plan together for your home to get you the best and most exposure possible. That's what we do best! (Hopefully) And you have to have a killer marketing plan to get attention to your house right now. Hope that helps!