Sometimes when you sell your house you need to have another pair of eyes look through your house from a different perspective other than owner.
I was recently in a house that had been on the market for a very long time. The price had been lowered several times and the listing agent asked if I had any suggestions on getting the house sold (very nice house and in a nice neighborhood). The home was vacant but as I walked through it I almost had a depressed feeling. Everything was painted a very dull neutral color - all walls, woodwork and doors. I'm all for neutral colors but this color was not pretty and it was everywhere. I suggested if the owner did not want to have the whole house painted then at least paint the trim and doors a bright white. I'm sure this would make the house come alive when prospective buyers walk through.
I don't know if the owner will be receptive to the suggestion but buying is all about emotion and how the buyer feels when he/she walks through the front door. Don't let your house be put on the market without having your agent tell you what needs to be done to make buyers feel welcome when they first step in the door.