Perception is that getting your house ready for the market costs a fortune and takes way too much effort. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money and the effort is all about the end result - you getting as much money as possible for your home.
Lets start outside. Putting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior doors and shutters goes a long way. Cut away all the over grown shrubs, weed all the gardens, install mulch for the clean and tidy look and make sure the laww is mowed weekly. Paint the front steps and put out a few planters or a door wreath for a pop of color.
Spend time with your REALTOR® discussing the bigger items and return on your investment. While it would be ideal for the whole house to be painted, that may not be in your budget so discuss how to deal with that issue.
Inside - Clean the house from top to bottom including all those weird places you never look because you don't need to - a buyer will look. Organize cupboards, closets and buy a bunch of boxes or rubbermaid tubs and start packing things away you don't need for the next 6 months. You are moving after all. Please don't take offense - pack away all family photos and collectibles. Your buyer wants to visualize themselves in your home, not you. This makes a huge difference.
Again, consult with your REALTOR® who has hopefully provided you with your free professional staging consulation so you know what is expected to really impress the buyer to offer on your home. Sometimes it's just a matter of cleaning, packing and moving furniture around.
If it involves more than that like repairs, your agent will guide you through the "must do's" and what can be forgiven.
Showings and photos of your home is like a first date. If you put forward a good impression, you're well dressed, smell nice and are clean you'll likely get that second date.
Don't just show up. Shine up.
I'd love to help you get your home ready from Windsor to Wolfville and as far as Aylesford in the Annapolis Valley. I love what I do.