Walk across the street and have a good look at your home. What would a prospective buyer think?
Yes, first impressions are important! Make sure your lawn, front porch, doorway and entrance are clean, tidy, freshly painted. Do mow your lawn, weed your flower beds and use a weed trimmer to get those edges sharp and inviting. Take down those old Christmas lights please!!! Get some new cushions for your patio furniture or throw some fun rugs down! Add some colour! Fresh flowers and a nice fragrance are so important.
Now.... walk into your home with a buyer's eyes.....
Inside your home, its so,so important to declutter. And don't forget to make sure the home smells inviting. Remove excess family photos, take the stuff off your refrigerator. Remove excess shampoos, cleansers, toothbrushes, etc. from your bathrooms. Buyers want to see your home, not your stuff. Keep that laundry in the basket and make sure your beds are made.
There are basically two phases to preparing your home 1) decluttering & cleaning 2) staging
For a great list of ways to prepare your home before listing, check out http://www.realtor.com/Basics/Sell/PrepHome/GetReady.asp?source=web
Get some great ideas for staging your home on one of my favorite websites at http://www.houzz.com/professionals/home-staging