When your home is going to be shown you want potential buyers to pull up to the house and think to themselves that it already looks so appealing to them. When they step out and walk up to the home, you want the porch to be inviting and leave them almost feeling as if they are walking up to their own home. When they step inside you want the buyers to have a very easy time imagining their stuff in the house and their family calling it home. When your home is well-kept and doesn't have any repair issues, it can be easy to achieve this look. However, in an older home that's more of a fixer-upper, there are some things you may want to give some attention to so they don't cause buyers to turn around and head for the next house.
1: Weed, seed, and feed the grass: Do what you can to get the grass looking as nice as possible. In a perfect world, bright green grass that is perfectly manicured can be accomplished overnight. Unfortunately, you may need to put quite a bit of work into your lawn and since you will have so much more on your plate it may be best to hire a landscaper to get your grass looking as wonderful as possible.
2: Decorate the porch: If you have a pretty large porch area, then you want to make good use of it. Consider putting a small porch table and a couple chairs on the porch, with a nice centerpiece in the middle of the table. If the sun shines too brightly on the porch, consider screening it in or installing a nice canopy for shade. A nice welcome rug can also add to the feel of your porch. Make sure the flooring is in fantastic condition.
3: Have your house looking 'fresh': You want the windows and blinds clean, the ceiling fans freshly dusted, the floors free of stains, the walls looking bright and clean, the counters free of crumbs and clutter, the bathrooms clean and uncluttered, beds made and bedrooms all picked up and all excess clutter removed and stored somewhere out of sight.
4: Fix your fencing: You may not realize just how important the fence is. However, it is a tall structure on the border of the property that goes all the way around it. Therefore, anything that is wrong with it will stand out. Fix any damages and re-stain or repaint the fence, if applicable.
5: Hide all your extra vehicles: If you have a lot of vehicles and have a hard time fitting them in the driveway, then you should move all of the ones you can. This way, the potential buyers won't think that there is a problem with the amount of space offered for their own cars and guests.
Contact a real estate agent to help you sell your home.