1. Clean up your landscaping, add mulch, and colorful flowers.
2. Remove old and overgrown bushes and trees.
3. Fix masonry and paver stones.
4. Seal, coat, or repave your driveway.
5. Paint your front door an inviting color and add a nice new welcome mat.
6. Paint the exterior -- especially the trim work.
7. Get your roof cleaned to give it a brand new fresh appearance.
8. Bright white trim looks fresh and clean.
9. If you have a staircase, paint the spindles and risers white for a fresh look.
11. Dark stained moldings and windows should be painted bright white. Dark wood crown molding generally doesn't appeal to buyers because of its tendency to make the room feel less open. Online photos can also make the homes with dark molding look outdated.
12. Nearly all homebuyers cringe when they walk into a home and see wallpaper! All that goes through their mind is the anticipation of a huge and expensive mess. When looking online at homes, most buyers will press "next" when looking through the homes pictures. For more positive responses, it's the best idea to remove the wallpaper.
13. If your floors are a bit outdated (pickled or honey oak), consider having them refinished for that incredible impact.
14. If you have carpeted floors with hardwood under them, uncover them!! Hardwood floors are "sexy" to buyers and will raise your home value in their eyes.
15. Change the drawer pulls and cabinet knobs to stainless steel or brushed nickel.
16. Brass can often viewed as outdated. Remove as many brass fixtures as possible.
17. Kitchen cabinets may benefit from being painted or re-stained.
18. Replace your old countertops with granite.
19. If #18 is too much, consider covering tile countertops with epoxy.
21. Consider installing a stainless steel sink and pull-out spray faucet.
22. Buy some fresh white towels. To have in stacks or hanging on your towel rack.
23. Change outdated light fixtures.
24. Add new, stylish drawer and cabinet pulls in bathrooms.
25. Remove large outdated mirrors and replace with a picture frame mirror.
DIY option to paint or stain moldings along the perimeter to enhance the look.
26. Add a new shower curtain.
27. Consider adding a seamless shower door.
28. Re-grout the tub and shower if applicable.
29. Clean the grout on floors.
31. If there is a musty smell, adding a dehumidifier to take out excess moisture will benefit the sale of the home as buyers walk through. Avoid plugins and deodorizers as it may seem you are trying to mask a water issue.
32. Painting the concrete garage flooring will give the space a fresh. A medium grey color is always a great color. If there is a basement, give the walls a fresh coat of waterproof paint to give buyers a sense of security knowing the house is free of moisture.
33. Buyers value great lighting; remove heavy drapery.
34. Trim back bushes and trees to maximize the light.
35. Clean your windows!
36. Replace light receptacles with higher wattage bulbs.
37. Remove window screens.
38. You should be aware of the current inventory of homes for sale in your area, as these homes may represent your competition. Don't get caught up in the idea that placing your home's list price higher than its' value will leave bargaining room. In a high demand area, buyers appreciate a fair price which would, more often than not, lead to a competitive multi-bid situation. Thus, resulting in a higher selling price.
Avoid using your emotions when evaluating the market value of your home. Fair pricing requires the ability to be objective and realistic. This will also keep the buyers from being demanding when various inspections come into play.
39. If you have a certified home inspector inspect your home before you sell, you will have the opportunity to fix the small and distracting problems beforehand, as well as any larger issues that are uncovered. In the long run, this will save you money as the seller. Fixing these issues can keep nervous buyers from getting spooked out of a deal, keeping them calm throughout the transaction. Be sure to keep any pest maintenance contracts in effect until after closing in case a buyer's inspector should find any critters or wood ruining insects.