Replace burned out light bulbs. Lighting means everything!
Touch up and re-paint walls. Paint is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to update the look of your home before you list. Remember, neutral always photographs better, makes the space look larger and helps buyers imagine the space the way they want it with their belongings in it.
Replace damaged or discolored electrical and light switch covers.
Focus on the exterior. The outside of your house is the first thing buyers will see, so you want it to look good. Pressure wash the outside of your home, driveway, patio and fencing. Make sure that the lawn is mowed, weeding is done, junk is cleaned up and to replace any missing boards on the fencing. Uneven sidewalks should also be fixed. Uneven sidewalks are not only noticeable, but they are also dangerous.
Fix pet damage and lingering odors. Damages like stains, scratches and torn window screens only make buyers cautious of further pet damage that they might not be able to see right away.
Depersonalize your home. A “blank slate” makes it easier for potential home buyers to envision the home the way they would like it.
Make sure all locks, operate and keys are available.
Organize closets, allowing for maximum use of space.
Fix water stains. Even if the underlying pipes or plumbing issues, buyers will still worry about mildew and mold.
Don’t make partial updates. Mixing old and new only highlights the age. You need to commit to a full upgrade or better yet, let the buyer do the remodel on their own.