Whether you are selling your home because you are moving countries for good, are moving to another area and need to buy another house or just need the money, always remember that your home needs to be sellable. Basically, it needs to be in a position that it can be sold for the highest possible price it can command. Else, you as the seller would be at a loss. Which is not what you want. Typically, home sellers look up real estate agents to avoid this precise problem; however, even they cannot help you if your home is not attractive. Hence, you should fix it up in a way that will not cost you more than the profit you hope to make from the sale.
Clean It from Top to Bottom
The condition of a home is dependent on two things: how long you have lived there, and how well you have taken care of it. Given that you have been vigilant about the latter, you will most likely be able to refurbish the home much more easily than if you were not. However, you still need to have it cleaned thoroughly. If you cannot do it yourself, get a professional cleaner on board. This is especially important if you have carpets, since odours and bacteria can remain. Open out all windows and air it out completely. You want the home to be pleasant and welcoming when prospective buyers come to visit.
Tidy Up the Garden
That is of course assuming you have a garden in the first place. Most people are often so fixated on the house itself that they forget about the surrounding area. Your garden will be one of the first areas the buyers step into so it needs to be spick and span. Clear our any weeds, overgrown bushes and so on. The last thing you want is for the space to look like it can harbour all sorts of unexpected creatures! This is also one of the Landlord tips typically handed out to renters, as renters tend to let things slide. It is so very important to take care of the property in its entirety, not just for the building.
Things break down, that is unavoidable. If however they have broken down to such an extent that they cannot be used, then clearly you need to do something about it. Fix new light bulbs, holders and pipes where necessary. Your buyers are not just going to come by and stare at the house, they will go around carefully trying and testing out everything. They might be forgiving about one or two things since you can fix it up later, but if most of the house is falling apart, you can bet they will walk right back out. Nobody wants a house that is not worth the investment.
Never underestimate the power of a good paint job. In fact, once you have done all of the cleaning and repairs, get a good painter on board. The house will look instantly revived and bright. Steer clear of bright, unnatural colours though since not all buyers will be into them and they may not like the prospect of having to change the colours up once they move in. Neutral shades are the best way to go, since even if they do want to change them, they can with minimal hassle. It is easier to paint over neutral shades than it is to paint over brighter, darker ones.