As an initial step in preparing your home for visitors, take a critical look at the inside and make repairs and upgrades you feel are necessary before showing your home.
Consider painting where needed. Earth tones and neutral colors sell best.
Decide whether flooring needs to be repaired or upgraded.
Identify and repair major defects: cracks in foundation walls, roof leaks, etc.
Fill cracks; caulk where needed.
Unify the look of your home. (For instance, replace metals as necessary so they match.)
Be sure your plumbing and electrical systems are working properly.
Fix any locks that don’t work or doors that don’t open and close with ease.