Clean the house
It is extremely important to do all the cleaning before a buyer is coming to see the house. You will want the buyer to take a good impression of the house and be interested in it. You need to get rid of any clutter and make the house seem as spacious as possible.
Eliminate any odours
Make sure your home doesn't smell bad and turn off any potential buyers. Since you live there, you might have become accustomed to certain odors; however, any visitors you get will notice them. Make sure you open up all windows and doors and let the air move around the house.
Maintain the yard
The yard is the first thing the buyer will see when he or she enters the house. Make sure the yard is well maintained and the grass is properly cut. A neglected yard shows that the house will not be very well looked after either.
Get fresh paint if needed
A fresh coat of paint can really help sell your home and make it look new. Scraped or peeled off paint not only looks bad but also shows neglect on your part as the home owner.
Get modern lights and switches installed
Most home buyers are looking to get energy saving features in their homes. If you have a lot of lights, indoor or outdoor, you should look into changing them to modern, more energy efficient lights.