Price is the most important factor in getting your house sold. The golden window of time is when the house is first on the market. Priced too high, it is very hard to ever catch up. Even with a very good offer, the house must appraise for the contract amount in order for the buyer to obtain the loan. Analyze the comparable sales over the past six months. Understand that other houses on the market are your competition, but those prices are not necessarily the final sales price. A real estate professional who knows the current market can help you set a realistic, objective price.
Apply fresh paint to house and trim and consider updating color selection. Trim hedge to window-sill level. Remove dead or diseased trees. Cut back any tree limbs over roof. Pressure wash driveway, walk and front steps. Plant seasonal flowers. Put out fresh pine straw. Be sure to edge walkways and curb.
Consider having a home inspection so that you. really. know the condition. Declutter, declutter, declutter. Rent a storage facility if you must keep all your possessions. Reevaluate furniture placement and remove possible excess pieces. Paint as needed and neutralize any strong colors. Understand that wallpaper is taste-specific and may be best removed. Repair any leaking faucets. Eliminate items from kitchen counters and refrigerator doors. Consider updating light fixtures. Clean windows inside and out. Clean out closets, cabinets and pantry. Remove most if not all family pictures. Eliminate odors—pets, cooking, strong cleaning products and smoke. House must be spotlessly clean.
Make sure exterior paint is in good condition. Clean gutters and check for proper slope for water flow. Remove leaves and straw from roof. Replace rotten fascia boards and trim. Check caulking between chimney and roof and also at any vent pipes. Be sure all door locks and door bells work properly.