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There's no second chance for a first impression. Before a showing, make sure that the outside of your home looks clean and presentable. Take the time to worry about landscaping, power washing your driveway, and, if the budget allows, repainting doors and shutters. Updating light fixtures, especially near the front door, can help modernize your home.
Make sure the entry way to your home is clear. Once getting a potential buyers through the door, it's the first thing they see. Make sure there is no clutter and that all paintings and photographs are neat.
Place a heavy focus on the kitchen and master bedroom. While clean paint and new floors, whether wood or carpeted, are important in every room, the kitchen and master bedroom are often the main selling points of a home. Replacing the hardware on kitchen cabinets is an inexpensive way to update the room's look.
If there is room in your budget, adding crown molding to the main rooms in your home adds timeless style. Adding ceiling fans to different rooms when they are appropriate can be a selling point, as they will reduce cooling costs in warmer months. If you have a backyard, adding a patio can also increase a buyer potential.
Most importantly, when staging your home, make sure there is "wow" factor. Having something about your home that impresses potential buyers will increase your chance of selling.