PAINTING: When it comes to preparing a house for sale, painting gives you the best return for the money spent. Which rooms should you paint? Any that have dirty or marked walls or any rooms that are currently painted in dark colours. Keep it neutral - egg shell, light beige or taupe's are very popular today.
CARPETING: At the very least, all carpeting needs to be steam cleaned. Any worn or foul smelling carpet should be replaced. You may be very tempted to give a "flooring allowance" and that my be attractive to a potential buyer. Just remember - most buyers' don't have vision.
OPERATION: If you are not having a whole home inspection done, check all faucets, toilets and electrical items for proper and safe operation.
SAFETY: Make sure that your house is safe. Not only can a wobbly railing stop a sale, it could cause an injury to a potential buyer who is not familiar with your house - and is spending time looking instead of being careful!
CLUTTER: If an item is not necessary for your day-to-day life, box it up and store it or throw it out!
FIREPLACE: Have a professional fireplace or wood stove cleaning and inspection. The buyer will most likely request it. Getting it done in advance impresses the buyer and makes the home appear cleaner and fresher smelling.
CLOSETS: Make sure all closets are neat, clean and organized - No clutter!
DOORS AND WINDOWS: Check all for smooth operation. Replace any cracked window panes.
CLEANING: Even though you may consider your house clean and tidy, a thorough cleaning - including dusting, washing and waxing everything - will always make a house more appealing.