If you watch any television programs that deal with selling a house, you are going to see a lot of tips and discussion on the importance of home staging to get your house sold.
Here is a short, but easy, list of things to do now. The importance of these items will be magnified prior to having any open house.
Clear out closets and clutter. You can do this by holding a yard sale or by donating unwanted household goods to charit
Pack up extra toys, linens, small kitchen appliances, and the like and store them offsite or in the garage.
Be sure the trees are trimmed, the shrubs are pruned, and the lawn is mowed and watered regularly. Turn on the sprinklers for five minutes 30 minutes before any open house. It makes the lawn and driveway sparkle.
Refrain from cooking anything that leaves a distinctive odor (fish, garlic, cabbage) and from introducing any other unappealing odors into the home.
Have a professional service clean the home, including the carpets and the windows.
Set the dining room table with attractive linens, dishes, and stemware.
Arrange fresh flowers throughout the home and have a fire in the fireplace in fall and winter.
Add extra lamps in dark rooms or dark corners, and turn on the lights when you show the home to prospective buyers.
Remove stacks of magazines, ashtrays, sports trophies, family photographs, and other distractions.