The easiest thing to do to sell a house is clean it and I am always surprised how few people do even that. Clean, paint and cheap new carpet is the easiest and most common sense thing to do on top of mowing the lawn and make the outside look presentable. I have been in lots of houses with lots of stuff but it was kept so nice and neat the implication is that the house is also well maintained. I remember one of my realtors was asked by some friends of hers why their house has been on the market so long. Well when she went over there she noticed a big water stain on the ceiling. Her friends told her that the previous owners has some problems with the plumbing but it had been fixed. She told them to paint the stain because it looks as if they currently are having problems with their plumbing. Months later the house still had not sold and she noticed that her friends had not painted the water stain. She asked them why they had not and they replied. Well, it didn't happen while they were living their so they felt it was not their problem. Unbelievable. When it comes to selling houses people have blinders on.