Sellers in Raleigh, NC all want to know. WHAT do buyers want?!
CLEAN! - Clean your house and then go over it with a magnifying glass. Clean the cobwebs out of the corners. Wipe down the cabinets. Get the mildew off the grout in the shower. Clean the dust off the windowsills and blinds. Have the carpets professionally cleaned. The cleaner your home looks, the more it will attract a buyer. I can not tell you how many homes I've showed buyers where the second they walked in, they had that "ew" face on because the home wasn't sparkling. These homes were clean by your everyday standards, but they were not "selling a product" clean.
Well maintained. Put a fresh coat of paint on the inside and outside. Keep the lawn mowed and the beds weeded. Make sure the roof is clean. Make sure the front door opens and closes easily. Ideally, you would have a pre-listing home inspection and repair everything on the list before it hits the market. The less things the buyer's inspector finds, the better.
Upgrades. If you have a very dated home, there are some light upgrades you can do. The more you do, the more likely your home will sell faster, but you will not likely recoup all the money you put in. There is a fine line between upgrading and over doing it. Some ideas - replace brass fixtures and door hardware. Install granite counter tops. If the appliances are really old, I would replace with stainless steel. Refinish kitchen cabinets and replace with new hardware. Re-glaze worn bathtubs. Install new bath vanities and shower doors. The list is really endless of the things you can do, but these are things that will give your home some pop!
Raleigh sellers can give those Raleigh buyers what they are looking for! Inventory is getting low, and buyers are having a hard time finding homes that are move-in ready.