The best advice for this is: move.
Seriously, act like you’re moving. Start getting rid of things you don’t want. Donate and sell those other items. Start boxing non-essentials that go with you. The act of doing these things necessarily declutters the home. There’s four piles: Keep, Sell, Donate, Throw.
Then there’s cleaning. I’m a huge fan of hiring cleaning companies. They clean without bias and scrub hard. If you want to clean the home yourself or have an organized plan of attack for your cleaner, download our home cleaning checklist.
Excellent cleaning companies:
Jen Wilson 320.287 .1040
Wendy Dencklau 612.615.3971
Nail the entry.
Buyers make the buying decision at the entry. They look to the rest of the home to confirm their decision. That means the entry has to be ON POINT. Perfectly clean, repainted, crisp lock sets – stage the entry way. If nothing else, nail this part.
Less is more. Go subtle and simple. If you feel the need to mask an odor, eliminating that odor is job #1. “If you can smell it, you can’t sell it,” is absolutely true. 1 plug-in on the lowest setting is adequate for most homes. Also, leave the furnace fan ON for the duration of the listing. That will keep the air fresher and re-circulated.