Trulia.com is another good real estate site where you can search message boards for info about available houses...... Remember to give a detailed description of the house. It will help people find your listing through a search engine from the features you list.
it depends on which market you are in -maybe for young families an extra bedroom could be changed in to a den or even home theatre if it is an upmarket area - also definitely painting and making it look presentable
Simple repairs should always be taken care of, and a fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference. Be critical when you consider the home’s curb appeal, get rid of dead or overgrown bushes and spruce up the yard. Also, eliminate all clutter so that the house looks bigger and the new owners can envision their belongings instead of being overwhelmed by yours. Put away anything that is not essential, including family photos, collections, toys, etc. And make sure you list the house at a realistic price that ensures a quick sale. The biggest mistake is pricing too high, especially in today's market.
Wrote about this for my blog and for eHow :) - Among other things, I highly recommend staging or having it staged. Best way is to find a real estate agent with staging credential who offers staging as a free service. Second best in this economy is to do it yourself - there are some excellent books available to help you. I had great agent for two sales who did it - 3rd sale, another great agent, but she hadn't ever staged, so she and I did it together based on my previous realtor's suggestions/ideas and it looked great. Especially in the market it was in because few staged there. Even had a couple of other agents ask who we had hired to stage it :) :) :)
Put deoderizer sticks or deoderizer plugins throughout the house to create a lovely fragrance as they walk through (Think Bed, Bath and Beyond - and how great it is to walk into their fragrant store :) ).
Leaving all the lights on will raise your electric bill a teeny bit BUT will also make your house show really nicely making it well worth it.
Ck on house weekly to change light bulbs, flush toilets, sweep, tidy, weed, etc. If you don't live in the area, arrange for a neighbor to do so.
Totally concur with Jill43 - Research the prices and pick a realistic price.
I just read that the the senate will probably extend the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home-buyers (due to expire November 30) and even allow benefits for some people who already own homes. Also, the amount you can earn and still get the credit will likely go up from $75,000 per person ($150,000 couple) to $125,000 ($250,000 couple.) The extension would go to April 30, 2010 for having a house under contract, with 60 days to close the sale. Hopefully this will bring new buyers into the market and make it easier to sell a home.