Many people think that home staging is too costly or that you need to be a professional interior decorator. No it's not and no you don't. You just need to do a little work.
Remember, you only get a first impression once. You have to make it good.
First, you have to start with the outside. Lots of people do "drive-bys" to see if they like the house on the outside, or to make sure they like the area. So we're going to start by taking a step back and looking at is as if we've seen it for the first time. Now you have to be completely honest and objective. Get a friend, neighbor, or family member to help if you're not sure you can be. Look at it from different angles, at different times of the day. Compare to other houses in the area. We've experience people not wanting to go into a house just because of the outside.
Make sure the front entry is in tip top condition. A good cleaning and fresh paint can go a long way. Power wash where you can and make sure there aren't any cob webs, chipping paint, damaged trim, or broken windows. Power wash sidewalks, driveways, anything you can to help make them look new. Of course, if you have damaged paint and are not going to repaint, don't power wash, or if you have other areas that can be damaged further by power washing, don't do it.
Clean all your windows and paint trim if necessary. Don't forget about your garage door and even your mailbox. Make sure it's not falling over or trashed. Keep things neat and clean. Flowers can dress up any area.
Paint if you can. If it's too much for you to do the whole house, try just doing the trim and gutters. You'd be surprised what a difference it makes.
So what if your paint is in good shape but the color is unusual? You may really want to consider painting over it. I know, it's money and it's time, but if you have an odd colored home that is going to keep buyers away, it's well worth the time and investment to change it to a more neutral color. Good colors are gray, white, or some sort of beige.
Make sure your address is clearly visible during the day and night. You don't want someone trying to find your house to do a drive-by and unable to.
Just a few other small items for the entryway. A fresh doormat is well worth the purchase. Get one larger than the door, which gives the doorway a bigger feel. Make sure all entry lights are clean and not rusty. You can buy new lights pretty cheap at the hardware store. Make sure your doorbell is in working condition. Even something that small and seemingly insignificant can leave a lasting impression. Add some nice colorful flowerpots. Make sure they don't crowd the area though.
And just one more thing. Hopefully you don't have junk vehicles in your neighborhood, but if you do, kindly ask your neighbor to put them away.