Nicely apointed rooms with attractive furnishings artfully arranged?
The smell of bread rising or cookies baking?
DON'T FORGET THE YARD!
Landscaping presentation makes the first impression and it's not the one to short-change! Mowing and edging is a start---but signs of neglect, (dirty sidewalk, oily driveway, faded deck finish) can leave a distinctly negative impression that is relatively easy and inexpensive to repair.
In addition to power-washing surfaces and seeing to it that existing landscaping is clean, neat, and in good repair, consider especially the view from the sidewalk or driveway to the front door. A talented landscape designer can enhance most entryways to create a 'welcoming' view before your potential buyer even gets in the house.
Other areas for your time and attention are the view from the kitchen window and the view from the deck or patio. A little time and attention to these areas can pay immediate dividends as your potential buyer imagines herself settling into your home.
Whatever your budget, consider enlisting the services of an experienced landscape design firm to help you see how easily you can upgrade the curb appeal of your home. An elegantly designed and skillfully kept landscape will help you sell your home!