Wash all Windows inside and out. Curtains and drapes should be fresh and attractive.
Open all drapes, pull up shades, and let light in.
Get all bugs and flies off all light fixtures. Wash fixtures and bulbs.
Put higher watt bulbs in all fixtures for better lighting.
If you cannot get rid of stains in toilet bowl, buy a new one. This applies to all bathrooms, including the one in the basement that is seldom used.
If possible, send all cats, dogs, parrots, hamsters and pet monkey to your brother-in-law from the day the house goes on the market until the day it is sold, and get rid of the odors that are left behind. Over fifty percent of home purchasers are either allergic to, afraid of, or simply dislike animals.
Clean all rubbish out of all fireplaces, particularly the ones that have not been lit in the last three years.
Put two coats of off white paint over the chartreuse, tangerine, purple, orange or any dark coloured walls. Also, if walls are dirty, one coat of white paint will work wonders.
Remove every bit of grease from the inside of the oven or ovens and burner trays.
Fix the front doorbell, storm door and front entry. (first impressions are lasting)
Shampoo the carpets or carpeting.
Put new washers in all dripping faucets.
Throw away the torn shower curtain and put up a new one.
Remove junk from the attic, basement, closets and tool shed, and have a successful garage sale. Contribute whatever remains to the next garbage pickup.
Turn off all blaring phonographs, stereos, and television sets while house is being shown. Soft music is more desirable.
Water all dying plants or get rid of them.
Adjust all doors, including closets and windows so they can be opened and closed.
Dust, clean and scrub everything that means EVERYTHING from attic to basement.
Replace broken tiles on walls or floors and re-paste loose or dangling wallpaper.