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 amount of time.

Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the air conditioning unit doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers and windows as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, tiles, shingles, sidewalks, pavers, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never go inside.

Neutralize. It is incredibly important to declutter and de-personalize your home! It will make it feel roomier.  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—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities. Lighting is always important.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to dress it up. Give it some Pizzazz! Home stagers can 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 lipstick, mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup!