Appliances should be cleaned - inside and out.
Clean all curtains and drapes.
Clean or purchase new front door accessories.
Clean the entryway carefully; it creates the buyer's first interior impression of your home .
Clean the inside of all kitchen and bathroom cabinets and neatly organize items on shelves.
Clean windowsills.
Doors should be oiled and squeak-free.
Dry clean your drapes.
Empty trash cans, recycling bins and ash trays.
Ensure all doors, cabinets and drawers can open completely without any blockage.
Exterminate any insect problems.
Get rid of odors (pet, food).
Have a garage sale before the home is listed.
Hiring a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market.
If needed, remove clutter by renting off-site storage space.
Keep baseboards clean and dusted.
Keep bookshelves, entertainment units organized neatly.
Keep clothing hung neatly, shoes organized.
Keep screens clean and vacuumed or remove screens from the windows and store out of site. The windows will look brighter fron the outside without the screens.
Keep shower curtains fresh and free from mildew.
Remove any non-furniture items from floors.
Make bathrooms sparkle; sinks, toilets and tubs should be immaculate.
Make stairwells and corridors clutter-free.
Dust and clean ceiling fans.
Organize closets.
Polish all interior woodwork.
Remove appliances from kitchen counters to give a look of spaciousness.
Remove oil spots from garage and driveway.