The old saying "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" is critical to getting your house ready to sell in today's real estate market. If you want to get "top of the market"price for your house then you have got to take some time to dress it up for sale.
The extra money that you spend to make your home stand out from the crowd will pay dividends on closing day.
The littile things like keeping the lawn mowed and landscaping trimmed will go a long way to increasing the "curb appeal" of your property.
A fresh coat of paint on trim and repairing and re-staining decks and fences makes a big difference in the way your potential buyer views the house on their first visit.
Inside the house you should repaint all the walls in a neutral color. Though your wife may have enjoyed the rose colored bedroom, your potential buyer might not see it that way.
Make sure everything is very clean, especially the kitchen and bathrooms. Hire a professional cleaning service if you have to, it will make a big difference in the way the house is percieved by the people considering buying it.
You can make the rooms look bigger if you get rid of the clutter. You've got to make it easy for the potential buyer to imagine themselves living in the house.
Sometimes the smallest things will make a big difference in the appeal of the house. Bake some cookies on the day of the open house so the kitchen smells like home.
Do everything you can to make the house warm and inviting and you will go a long way towards accomplishing your goal of a quick and profitable sale.