There may be several reasons why you choose to sell your home - you may be upgrading to a better one, or perhaps you are making the move to a new city, or for more grim reasons of not being able to manage your finances and therefore needing to move to a more affordable place. No matter what the reasons are, if you plan to sell your house, there are several things that need to be done.
The first step is research. Make discreet enquiries on some of the houses that may be on sale in your area. If possible visit them during an open house and see how the place has been done up and what features it may have that you don't. Based on this, you can also get an estimate of the price range of the house. Once you have this knowledge, you can evaluate your home on a similar basis and prep it up so that you get a better deal.
The first thing to look at is the outside of your home - is the paint on the fence chipped or is your lawn not mowed. If you have a mail box that is on the ground, these are some of the aspects that you will have to get repaired. First impressions are made from the outside of the home. As you get into the house, look at the cleanliness of the place. One way to prepare for an open house is to slowly remove all things personal and pack away anything that you do not need till you make the move.
Once that is done, look into the functionality of the house. Each of the light fixtures, the plumbing, the electrical points all need to be in working condition. Ensuring they are will give your home a better value. One important thing to maintain in a home is your storage space. Most couples walk into a home and do not hesitate in opening up spaces just to check whether it works for them or not. So be sure that your crockery and linen cupboards are neat and clean.
Make sure the house is as dust-free as you can get it. Also ensure that your open house happens at a time when the home gets the best of natural sunlight. This goes a long way in gaining acceptance from people. And finally do hire a real estate agent who will get you a good price on the market.