Make it clean and clutter-free
First, de-clutter your house, removing anything that might distract a buyer’s attention, says Mark Fleysher, real estate agent and broker at SellState Deluxe Realty in Las Vegas.
“Get rid of everything on the countertops,” Fleysher says. “Buyers don’t want to see your toothpaste or your bobble-heads.”
If you’re not sure what to remove, Wendy Furth, a real estate agent and assistant manager at Rodeo Realty in Calabasas, Calif., has a suggestion: walk through your house with your real estate agent and a big cardboard box and start packing as you go.
Also remove anything that’s dirty or outdated, and if necessary, put in cheap replacements.
“Sometimes it’s as simple as taking down those awful curtains and having a good cleaning crew come in. Cleaning is always a good idea,” Furth says.