If you’re thinking about selling your home, or even renting it, then you need to give at least a little thought to how your home looks to prospective buyers and renters, but buyers more so than renters. What is the first thing people see when they walk into your property?
If you are still living in the home or you have tenants in the home the most important thing is to have the place looking clean. If you have tenants there really isn’t much you can do except let them know in advance when showings are and ask them to tidy up. If it’s your home then you need to declutter everywhere. Take out everything you do not use daily and put it in storage.
The next thing is to tackle big sore spots. Is the paint bad? If it’s a rental let the possible tenant know you’ll be repainting. If it’s your home spend the money and repaint. Other obvious problems should be handled in the same way.
If things don’t seem to be going well for you, have your most blunt and honest friend take a walk through and give you an assessment of the property. When you’re closely connected to a place its hard to see its warts, someone who has some distance can point them out for you.