• Make sure the front door is painted. It will make a great first impression. 

• In the entry hall, touch up areas where the paint shows marks or nicks, and clean every surface. 

• Touch up bathrooms and kitchens as needed, and put plenty of effort into the powder room, which many will visit during their tour. 

• If you want to make your kitchen look bigger, paint it white or off-white. At the very least, remove food stains from the walls and conceal water spots by applying primer followed by some touch-up paint. 

• Sand, prime and paint windowsills as needed. 

• Check woodwork. You can quickly touch up chipped or marred paint on chair rails and floor molding. 

• Don't forget to inspect areas that come in frequent contact with soiled hands: window frames, door frames, edges of doors and walls around light switches. 

• Same approach with cabinet doors: Scrub them clean of fingerprints, if possible, or touch up painted areas. Pay special attention to the kitchen, which should be spotless. 

• Water stains on the ceiling from old roof leaks are a huge red flag for prospective buyers. After making certain that your roof is sound, be sure to prime and repaint. 

• Put the finishing touches on the house by scrutinizing every remaining wall and painted surface, looking for stray flecks of paint, as well as marks and stains from whatever source.