Homes that are properly staged almost always sell faster regardless of market conditions. If Your home is on the market, be sure You follow these guidelines to keep Your humble abode looking showroom perfect. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the Buyer!

Cut The Clutter. This is one of the easiest ways to give Your home a “ready to buy” feel. Start by removing anything that is wasting space: old magazines, random objects that don’t have a purpose, even Your favorite family photographs should be kept to a minimum. Then, clean out closets, pick up anything on the floor, put away anything that isn’t immediately being used and if You have kids, organize their toys neatly in one spot; preferably in a closet. Your realtor might even suggest removing bulky furniture to give rooms a larger appearance.

Spic And Span. Now that You’ve removed any unnecessary objects, clean Your home from top to bottom. Hire a maid if this task becomes too involved. Your home should sparkle like new after You’re done. By removing the clutter and cleaning Your home, You demonstrate to potential Buyers that You are tidy, meticulous, maintenance oriented, have taken care of the home (whether this is true or not).

Curb Appeal. You know the drill; first impressions are the most important. So when Buyers first pull up to Your home with their REALTOR®, they should see an inviting home with a great looking yard. Remove any random objects from Your yard, mow the lawn on a regular basis, plant colorful flowers, and paint Your front door if it has lost its luster. Be sure to keep the backyard looking nice as well. You want the potential Buyer to picture themselves living in this house. They can’t do that if You’re stuff is lingering and looking cluttered.

Touch-Ups. Over the years, Your home may have received a little wear and tear. It’s the mark of a lived-in home. Touch up molding and seams around the house with a fresh coat of paint. Reapply wallpaper if it looks like it’s starting to peel away from the walls (this happens in bathrooms frequently from the steam of the shower). You may repaint a room to give it a fresh feel or update light fixtures throughout Your home. Fan light combinations in bedrooms are popular.

Ready And Waiting. Often, Buyers will show up with a REALTOR® at a moments notice. This means Your home should appear showroom perfect as often as possible. Explain to Your kids why they need to make an effort to keep the home as clean as possible. Avoid cooking harsh smelling foods if You think Buyers might take a tour. Also, keep animals at bay so they don’t annoy visitors to the home, put them in their kennel(s) or take them to a neighbor’s or family member’s home if necessary.