Below is an excerpt from an article I wrote on this very topic • De Clutter• Repair• Q-Tip Clean• ShowcaseDe Clutter...people want to be able to envision themselves in your home. That means they do not want to live with the treasures you've accumulated over the past 20 years. Additionally, they see all your stuff and packing it up stresses them out when they're not the ones who have to do it. As wacky as that seems, I've been out with buyers who have passed on fantastic homes because they couldn't see past the stuff. Rule of thumb, pack up everything smaller than a softball. If you're going to be moving you may as well get a jump on the process. Repair...who wants a broken house? You may think that you'll save yourself some money by not fixing that toilet that hasn't flushed well for the past year. After all, homebuyers don't usually go through houses flushing toilets. But, an educated homebuyer will probably have an inspection and that inspector will do the flushing for them. That inspector will give your buyer a list of repairs to make and that will mean the price you agreed upon isn't really the price as you'll have to fix those items or risk losing the deal. ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.Q-Tip Clean...and I mean it. Inside and out in every nook and cranny and on every surface imaginable. You want your home to sparkle! Overwhelmed at the concept? Hire a cleaning lady(or man). It may be the best $100 you'll ever spend!Showcase...maximize your homes best features while minimizing the least desirable. Take a notepad and a pencil and now proceed to tour your home as though you're the buyer. What looks good? Feature it. What needs help? De emphasize. Don't know where to begin, hire a home stager or a realtor who can help you through the process.