Start decluttering & make repairs and improvements
Your real estate agent will do a thorough walkthrough of your home and will likely make recommendations on both minor and major repairs or improvements you should consider. Additionally, you should be proactive about any known maintenance issues to your home, as these will surface during an inspection, which can lead to a potentially deal-breaking situation. A good strategy is to get a pre-listing home inspection so that neither you nor the buyer is surprised by an unexpected inspection item. You can opt to adjust the listing price, fix the item, or just disclose the issue to all buyers. Whatever you choose, it will make the transaction smoother for all parties.
Value-boosting home improvements can include projects such as painting your home (inside and/or outside), refinishing hardwood floors, fixing or replacing your roof or siding, installing a new garage door or front door, doing some landscaping, updating or repairing your HVAC system, and performing minor kitchen and bathroom repairs.
Now is also the time to get rid of any items you don’t plan to move. Give away, sell, or dispose of excess items stashed away in attics, basements, and closets. Ebay, Re-Store, thrift stores, Craigslist, Nextdoor, or Facebook Marketplace are all good places to start. Getting rid of unused items gives you more space to work with for staging.