Is it time to put your home on the market for sale? Whether you’re down- sizing, up-sizing or moving across the country, preparing your home for sale can be a stressful time. Much like you take care of your health through wellness choices and prevention, the same attention needs to be given to your home when preparing it for sale. Perhaps you’ve taken advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and researched your DNA through the great options available through the trusted professionals at 23andme.com. Hiring a home inspector prior to putting your house on the market is also money well spent. It’s better to uncover any structural or mechanical issues up front and address them, than have them identified later and become part of the negotiating process. Be proactive and hire a reputable inspector.

Curb appeal can make or break a potential buyer’s decision on whether to even enter your home. Trim your shrubs cut tree limbs at least ten feet above the ground and edge the beds. Apply fresh pine straw or pine needles as needed. Address any deferred maintenance on gutters, shutters, doors and railings. Add a planter of fresh flowers on the front porch for a welcoming touch. Power-wash sidewalks and driveway as needed. Ensure house numbers are clearly visible from the street and porch lighting is sufficient.

On the interior, remove all piles of clutter from every room. Depending on your lifestyle, this may pose an arduous task. Rent a storage unit or a dumpster or both! If potential buyers see clutter everywhere and closets overflowing, it will give the impression that the home does not have adequate storage space. The goal is to have buyers imagine themselves living in the space with their families. Several gallons of paint will go a long way in transforming a space. Select a light neutral shade and repaint the interior of your home. Your time and investment will pay off in spades. Shine the windows on the interior and exterior. Check that all appliances, including the HVAC system are in proper working order.

If there are any lingering odors from pets, cooking or smoking, leave the windows open with several fans running for a few days. Avoid the temptation to use artificial fragrances to cover up odors. This can turn buyers off. Finally, arrange several vases of fresh flowers for the living and kitchen areas for a warm welcome for potential buyers. Best of luck in securing top dollar for your home.