When a prospect comes to look at your home, the first impression (curb appeal) is vital. Your front lawn and other landscaping should be neatly trimmed and mowed. Make certain that your yard is free of refuse and leaves. If necessary, paint your house. This can do more for sales appeal than any other factor. If you decide against painting, at least consider painting front shutters and window frames.
The walk should be swept, and in winter, free of ice and snow. The front door must be clean and fresh looking. Repaint the front door if necessary, and repair broken outdoor steps. Make sure the doorbell is in working order. Consider putting flowers outside the front door. Inspect the roof and gutters -- any missing shingles to replace? Bikes, wagons and skateboards should not be out in the front.
Little things mean a lot
Loose door knobs or cabinet pulls, sticking doors and drawers, wobbly hinges, stuck windows, doors or sliders -- all are easily repaired negative factors. Take a few minutes to check and repair all these seemingly minor flaws because they do detract from the value of your house.