Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a Realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. Let’s start at Curb Appeal.  If you don’t have it, the buyer may already write off the possibilities by never stepping foot in the home.  The best money proven returned on investment is your lawn maintenance. If you aren’t on top of it, hire someone who will be. The outside of your home sets the expectation of what the buyer will find the inside to be like.  On the inside, just because you’ve gotten used to the flaws, doesn’t mean a buyer will too. Have your three best friends give you a short list of what they see unappealing , then call your Realtor, let them add or delete to the list and prioritize the changes that your are advised to make. Be prepared for buyers to open doors, refrigerators, and cabinets. Tidy up like you were under ridged inspection , because YOU ARE ! 

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. Remove the majority if not all of your family photos, You want to depersonalize the home so they can envision it as theirs and you don’t want buyers studying your family photos ( yes, they will!). Replace  bold color choices in your floors ( if possible) and absolutely your  walls with something more neutral— ivory, tans, and  shades of white, all soft tones. Make everything look fresh and new as possible, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities. DECLUTTER , can’t say that often enough. 

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.