The Preparation of your house
To market your home in an attractive way is my job. However, the same importance comes to presenting the home appealingly. The house needs to have the right curb appeal for potential buyers so they do see nothing less than a perfect home for them. Before the property gets listed you should think about which things could be done to increase the optical attraction. I can tell you from the viewing point of a buyer what you should pay attention to.
You should check your home for faded outside paint and fix potential smaller damages. Moreover, it makes sense to pressure wash the house thoroughly so you can recover a lot of the original shine. The roof, the gutters, the soffits and the pool screen should be free of dirt and mildew. The garden and landscaping should be taken care of as well including edging the lawn and spraying against weeds. Hedges and bushes have to have a clean cut and dead plants should be removed. Please store all items away and do not leave them lying around in the front or back yard. Garden trash does not look very good at the side of the road and garbage cans belong into the garage. By considering all these things you might be able to add some dollars to your proceeds when you sell your home.
Staging the home inside
Also the inside of the house is very important and should be kept clean and tidy. The countertops need to be free of clutter. In general you should keep in mind that your house should not look like a museum. All personal items like pictures or tons of decoration items etc. should be stored inside the cabinets so that the buyer can picture your home as his future one much easier and better. In some cases a new paint job might be recommendable.
Flooring should not show any stains. The kitchen and the bathrooms need to be very clean. The right atmosphere makes a big difference. Make sure that all draperies or blinds are pulled up so that the maximum of light can enter the rooms. A light flooded area always is inviting. Moreover you can spray some scent or turn on some background music at a low volume - this will make the buyer feel right at home.