Inspect Your Home
Make sure that your house is safe. Fix any loose rails, steps, etc.
Check electrical items, faucets, toilets and windows for correct operation. Make certain that all built-in appliances are functioning properly. Consider a professional whole house inspection, which will indicate to buyers that you are a responsible seller and uncover any major defects before they can cause trouble.
Know What You Can Change about Your House
Discuss with your agent about what is necessary to change in order to sell the house. Keep a record of all home improvements you have made.
Get Rid of Clutter
If an item is not necessary for your everyday life, then store, sell, donate or toss it. Have a garage/yard sale before you list your home.
This will encourage you to go through and get rid of all the things you don’t need. If curio cabinets, shelves and tables are overflowing with books and knick-knacks, remove some of them.
Remove Your Imprint
It is acceptable to have a few personal pictures around the house.
However, if your Orange County home is a shrine of your loved ones, take steps to depersonalize it. Buyers must be able to envision themselves in the house, which is impossible if everywhere they turn they are staring at you.
Have a Family Real Estate Showing Plan
Give each family member assigned jobs that will go into action when a short-notice showing is scheduled. Develop a real estate showing checklist