First impressions are everything.
Just like a job interivew, buyers make decisions within the first five minutes. Clean up the exterior of your home as much as possible; add colorful flowers, fix or remove any unsighly elements. The entryway to your home should be inviting and lovely.
When in doubt, move it out.
Nothing distracts buyers more than a cluttered home. Purge anything that you don't need at that moment, even if it means moving items to a temporary storage facility.
If your closets and storage spaces are overloaded, a potential buyer might be concerned that the home lacks storage.
Get a second set of eyes (and nose!)
Often, when we have lived in a place for a long time, we can't see the ugly. A home stager can asses your house with an unbiased eye and determine what elements should be changed in order to appeal to the broadest market. Also, a home should smell fresh. Damp, musty smells scream old and unkempt.
Every room needs a purpose.
If your formal dining room has become a dumping ground for old tires and camping equipment, before putting your home on the market, it's time to return this space back to it's original purpose.