1. Get Rid of Clutter: Throw out or file old stacks of magazines and newspapers. Pack away any and all items that are not currently need. This will open your home open and give potential buyers and better idea of what they are buying.
2. Wash your windows and screens in order to let more light into the house.
3. Keep everything extra clean: Buyers can be more picky now that the market has changed so wash fingerprints from light switches, mop and wax floors, clean the stove and refrigerator, and make sure all clothes are picked up. Making your bed in the morning is not a bad idea either.
4. Get rid of smells: What you like to cook may not be what someone else enjoys so try and get any and all odors out of your home. Clean the carpets and drapes.
5. Put brighter bulbs in light sockets in order to brighten rooms up: This is a great idea for darker colored rooms and basements.
6. Make those minor repairs you have been putting off: Small jobs/problems, such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a drippy faucet, could cost you money at the closing table. Fix them and improve your chances for top dollar.
7. Tidy up your yard: Make it a ritual to cut the grass, rake your leaves, trim bushes, and edge your walk ways. Put some flowers out to brighten your curb appeal.
8. Clean your gutters: This is a simple job and needs to be done a couple times a year.
9. Polish your front door knob and house number: Buyers notice small things like this, especially the house numbers when they are "just looking" and do not have a professional assisting them. We want them to find your home. Make it easier!
10. Have your home ready to show at all times: Buyers do not want to work on your schedule so make sure you are ready when they are. A sale is a sale no matter what time of day or night it is.