Your Home's Value - Most sellers think their home is worth more than it probably is. It's human nature, especially if you have lived there for a number of years. You may even be a bit disappointed when an agent gives you his or her value on your home. However, list your home based on the market comps. If your price is too high, it may sit for a while and then people will wonder what is wrong with it for it to not be selling. Agents don't want to undersell your home any more than you do.
Light Light Light - Buyers love a sunny, well lit house! So, if someone is coming to see your home, turn on all the lights (even if it is a sunny day) and open up all the blinds. The brighter, the better!
Clear Clutter Quickly - When you get a call that your home is going to be shown, there may not be a lot of time to get things in order. Have a large, woven basket that you can throw clutter into on a moments notice and then cover it with a nice throw (and put it in the living room) or some crisp, rolled towels (in the bathroom) to hide what is beneath! Fast and attractive, too.
First Offer: Best Offer - Serious buyers tend to move quickly when they are buying a home, so generally they will often make a fair offer right away. If a good/fair offer comes quickly after you list your home, don't hold out for a bigger offer that may not come. Your agent has had a lot of experience in the process and will help protect you if it isn't a good one.
Where Are You Moving To? - AND FOR BUYERS....a good tip that is sometimes forgotten is to find out as much as you can about the community you are moving to. Subscribe to the local paper ahead of time. You will get a sense of what it is like to live there and more important, you may avoid moving somewhere with some undesirable building or other things going on.