You're excited to get your home ready to show to prospective buyers but you're a bit overwhelmed by the long list of things to do that your realtor gave you. You don't really need to do everything on that list if it isn't possible for you to do so. What you can do is concentrate on the most important ones. One thing you need to concentrate on is curb appeal, which refers to making your house exterior as attractive and appealing as possible to prospective buyers.
Inside your home, you'll want to make sure the living room and kitchen areas are looking excellent because these are the first places that potential buyers will look at. Obviously, you'll want to make sure that everything inside and outside your house is looking great for buyers, but there are specific areas of the house that you'll want to concentrate more on.
What you want to avoid is an attic, basement or garage that is so full of "stuff" that people cannot get around in it. A cramped room is one of the things that is sure to turn off potential buyers. Clear up space in your house by renting a storage unit and storing your accumulated stuff in there. After you've cleared out most of the stuff in those areas, you need to thoroughly clean them. If you've got a half-finished basement, you can place lights strategically in some corners. Make sure the lights are on as you show the basement to a buyer. The lights will give the room a more appealing look.
Inspect your mailbox and determine if you need a new one or can simply clean up and paint the existing one. You might think that your mailbox is such an insignificant thing, but it's one of those small things that buyers notice for some reason. You need to make sure your home looks great from the curb because potential buyers will be forming their first impression of your home from here. You're well aware about first impressions and many buyers are going to be there sitting in their cars asking themselves if the house they're looking at from across the street is a house they'd like to own or not. The smallest things do count in the long run when it comes to home showing.
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You'll also need to look at the outlets and switches in your home. If any of these things have problems, get them fixed. Go from one room to the next flipping on the light to make sure the wall switches are working properly. Make sure to replace switches that don't feel right or aren't working right.
An outlet tester is useful and you can buy one at a department or hardware store. These are great, and all you do is plug them into the outlet to test. It will have LEDs to indicate any problem that require fixing.
Enlist the help of your realtor as much as possible for feedback and tips for home showing. If your realtor is professional and caring, then all of that should be forthcoming, anyway.