Selling your home means more than simply hiring a realtor to install a sign. Preparations ahead of time will help ensure you obtain the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesnt mean a buyer will too. If your hardwood floors need refinishing, be sure to get it done.  Hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, remember to address curb appeal; it’s important to make buyers want to come inside.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral; grays, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, its time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and decorative 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 make up… if its done right, you notice the beauty, not the mascara.