When a buyer sees things that need fixing, they see dollar signs, and begin to wonder what else might need work that they can’t see. Be sure to repair any loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers, broken light switches and other minor flaws. These defects subtract from the value of the home and buyers always exaggerate the real costs to make these repairs. It will be far less costly do them before an inspector flags the repairs and makes it look worse than it really is.
If your hot water heater, air conditioner, furnace and electrical systems are not new, understand that your homes value will be reduced because of it. Anything past 7-8 years will be a negative to a buyer because those items will likely need to be replaced prior to them being able to sell. This can be a significant cost and will put off many buyers. Your price should reflect your use of these items and you should also be aware that buyers will be planning on paying for these items to be replaced at some point during their time owning the home.
There should be no pets in the home during a showing so send your pet on a few hour vacation with a neighbor or friend so homebuyers can enjoy the home without any disruption. Also, make sure to clean up or remove any pet accessories that can be distracting.