Finish painting the fence, and complete any other works in progress.
Remove old holiday decorations. No dried-out wreaths in March will do.
Clean your house until it sparkles.
Plant flowers. If you don’t have time for gardening, use containers of blooming annuals for strategic splashes of color. Or display beautiful arrangements of cut flowers.
Let the light in! House hunters look for houses with good light. Make dark rooms bigger by opening up curtains or shades and replacing burned-out bulbs, adding lamps, or increasing the wattage in existing fixtures.
Make small rooms look bigger by putting excess furniture into storage, adding mirrors, and using light-colored paint to open up dark space.
Big closets in the master bedroom are a strong selling point. Make a better impression with a neat closet storage system or at least a light in the closet and clothes that are neatly hung and folded.
Promote pleasant smells. Bake a pie or bread on the day of the showing, or light a scented candle. Remove any unpleasant odors such as those emanating from the cat’s litter box.
Cage or confine your animals during a showing. A barking dog is annoying, and a frightened animal can pose a danger to the real estate agent and potential buyers.
Make yourself and your family scarce. People prefer looking at property alone. You should trust your broker enough to leave your home in his or her capable hands.