Homebuyers are discriminating folks, and they have every right to be since they will be spending a lot of money on their purchase; and if you are planning on selling your home in Cambridge to this very discerning lot, then you better be prepared to please them in any way you can. There are already plenty of guides out there on what you need to do if you want to sell your house, but here are some of the things that you should not do if you do not want buyers to look at the other Cambridge homes for sale instead of yours.
The abandoned building look
If your shrubs and lawn is in serious need of trimming, the outside paint is a drab grey when it was originally yellow, and other little details that make your house look like it has been abandoned for quite some time now will surely invoke very little interest from buyers; and if some do appear interested, then you should expect very low offers; offers so low that they just make you want to cry and/or punch the other person in the face. Now if you want to avoid any unpleasant encounters like this, then you should do your best to at least make your house look like a decent person can live in there.
When you first bought your home, the one thing that you immediately set out doing is adding your personal touches to make it more cozy, and that is the same kind of feeling that you would want buyers to experience when they look at your home. If you want to sell your house, then you should not leave your personal items on display; if you cannot get rid of them, then place them in a storage locker and only take them out once you have moved into your new home.
The retro/outdated look
Cars are the only things that look good in their original shape, this does not apply to houses. Just because your home was built in the 1970s that does not mean it should stay in that era. Take out the shag carpeting and use a more modern approach in designing if you want your home to sell quickly.
If you want your home to stand out (in a good way) from the other Cambridge MA homes for sale, then it is best if you can avoid making the kind of mistakes mentioned above.