1. Curb appeal will allow the buyer to make an emotional connection to the home upon first glance. Trim shrubs, plant a few flowers, and maybe even those shutters could use a new coat of paint. 2. Pictures, pictures, pictures! The most important day after you put your home up for sale is the day your Realtor comes to take photos of your home. Remove the clutter, make sure the beds are made, and if you have somewhere to store your oversized furniture it will make the home seem much more spacious. 3. Remove personalized items. This allows the buyer to envision where their personal items & pictures might belong. 4. Check out the competition. Attend some open houses in your area. Knowing the condition of your home is on point with the others in the area allows you to strategize with your Realtor to find a competitive price point. 5. Let's light it up! Having well lit rooms especially where natural light is not available helps the buyer see the entirety of the home. Outdoor lighting is also important so they can navigate the outdoor living space. 6. Clean behind appliances, in closets, and under sinks. The buyer will be looking in all of the places you wish they wouldn't. So surprise them with space, cleanliness, and organization. 7. Make the repair. You know where your house needs some help. Maybe the deck needs stained, or the faucet has a slow leak. The buyer will look at all these little things when choosing between two homes. Make sure your home wins the comparison. 8. Re-paint boldly colored rooms with a neutral color palate. Bold colors may distract buyers from seeing the actual space. 9. Exterminate any odors. Whether it be smoke, pet odor, smells from cooking, mildew, or even diapers, any odor can kill a sale. Remove the source of the odor, don't just try to mask the smell with air fresheners and candles. Ask your agent for a honest evaluation of how your home smells. 10. Be "show-ready" everyday. You never know when a buyer will want to see your home. It is important it is ready to show at all times. We never want to turn down a showing just because we didn't make the beds.