If you are preparing your home to go on the market, there are a few things you can do that will help you get top dollar!
Your home can feel much smaller when it is crammed full of stuff everywhere. If you can declutter before you list your home, it will feel much more open and airy which helps people envision themselves living there. Bonus, it will be easier for you to move if you have already gotten rid of the things you don't want!
2. Fix "minor" things
It is easy to feel like the chipped paint here and there or nicked baseboards won't make a difference, but especially if you are at a high price point these things will be noticed. Buyers are often looking for the issues with a house, and most of the time do not want to have to change much when they move in. If you can preemptively fix all the little things throughout your home, people will see it as completely move in ready and be excited to make an offer!
3. Spruce up the outside
Curb appeal, curb appeal, curb appeal! You want people to be excited about coming inside your home, not worried about the amount of weeds in the front yard. Take some time (and elbow grease!) to your front yard, get rid of the weeds and maybe plant a few things to make your home feel inviting. The front of the home is normally the first photo on a listing, so make sure it is impressive! This can be a very cheap way to help increase the number of showings that you get.
4. Deep clean
People walking through a house can be very picky, so the last thing you want them to find is a bunch of dust bunnies. Clean under all furniture, make sure you've dusted (don't forget your light fixtures!), and scrub the sink. These little things all add up to make a big difference! Similar to tip #2, the higher price point of the home the more of a difference this will make.
5. Check out your light fixtures
Do you have any light bulbs out? Have you been putting off new light fixtures? Now may be the time to get those updated! Lighting can make a big difference in how people see the home, so make sure it is bright enough for people to really get the full effects of what your home has to offer.