Use a systematic approach when you are getting ready to sell your home and you will reap the benefits. Take care of the small things first to save time, money and lots of aggravation later.
make small fixes
Inspect your home with a buyer’s eyes, and correct the flaws that are most egregious (if affordable) or can be relatively easily fixed—from repairing cracks in the walkways to repainting dingy walls or oiling creaky hinges.
decide whether to work with an agent or self-sell
For a commission, an agent will take care of many details you may not want to be bothered with (placing ads, fielding calls, making signs, etc.) and bring experience to the table. Sign an agreement for the shortest commitment possible, usually three to six months.
set a price
A real estate agent will give you a market analysis free of charge or commitment. Then decide whether you want a quick, easy sale or the highest possible price.
clean and declutter
Weed out excess furniture, knicknacks, and “stuff”—toss it, donate it, give it away, sell it at a yard sale, or put it into storage—so the house seems more spacious and buyers can imagine themselves in it.
decide whether to do a prelisting inspection
It may save you time, especially with older homes, to identify—and potentially solve—problems your buyer’s inspection will discover later.
stay vigilant about maintenance
From the moment you start showing your house, keep the lawn mowed, shrubs trimmed, gardens weeded, rooms spotless and clutter-free.
ready your home for show days
Hide pocketable valuables, display fresh flowers or bowls of fruit, bake a batch of cookies for the homey smell, open the drapes, keep pets out of sight, and stay quietly in the background (or leave, if an agent is showing your property).
consider consulting a lawyer
If you do hire one, make sure he or she has real estate experience.
start organizing for your move
Once the sale is final, hire movers, order supplies, and pack up your belongings! Congratulations!
Taken from RealSimple.com