A quick checklist:
These are items a buyer will be noticing. You should notice them too.
__Is the yard being mowed at least once a week?
__Are the sidewalks edged?
__Are the hedges trimmed neatly and landscaping in good shape?
__Are all the screens/storm windows in place?
__Are there flowers to add a fresh touch?
__If there is a pool, is it clean?
__Is the front door clean and inviting?
__Are the carpets clean and new looking?
__Are all the outlet covers and switch plates in place and clean?
__Have the tubs/showers been cleaned? No mildew or mold, rotten caulk, etc?
__Are there any leaky faucets?
__Is the home’s exterior fresh/clean/painted?
__What about the interior walls, railings, & spindles?
__Are there any cracks or holes in the interior walls that need repair?
__Do the interior cabinetry and cupboards, doors, trims, and handles look newer?
__Are all the windows clean and not cluttered?
__Are all unnecessary items packed away?
__Have the closets, counters, and cupboards been emptied of unnecessary items?
__Are all beds made daily?
__Has the basement and garage been cleaned and organized?
__Are all dishes, pots, etc. cleaned and put in their proper place?
__Is the home void of pet and food and smoke odors?
__Do the appliances, plumbing and lighting fixtures, and heating and cooling systems all function properly?
__Is the doorbell in place and working?
__Are all locking doors easily opened with keys?
__Have all burned out light bulbs been replaced?
__Do all door handles, sliders, drawers, shower doors, etc. work properly?
__Do doors open and close without rubbing, sticking, squeaking?
__Are the baths and kitchen sparkling clean?
The fewer objectionable items that remain, the faster your home will sell.