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Unless you are in that small percentage of people who keep your home purged of excess "stuff" and completely organized, preparing your home to sell can fell like a daunting task. However, if you get an early start (months before you actually want to list it), you can break it down into manageable bites. Is there updating you know you will do before your list it? Do those renovations now, and enjoy them for at least a little while. The earlier you start preparing your home, the less stressful it will be for you and your family.

Clean and Organized

At a minimum, organize, and declutter your home! Above and beyond all other preparations, this is most critical. A clean and organized home sends a message to buyers that your home has been well cared for, loved, and respected. Consider buying organizing baskets and containers so that the pantry, closets, and rooms are easily kept neat, clean, and orderly. A big basket in the corner of the room is a great way to quickly pick up toys for a late notice showing. 

Home Makeover

The next level of home preparation before selling includes staging and doing updates like new paint and carpet. Stained and musty carpet can be a turnoff to buyers as can outdated and chipped paint. Though it still costs a bit of money, the return on your investment is usually well worth it. Staging can really enhance the marketability of your home and showcase its best features. Sellers often have professional stagers come work with the furniture sellers own or staging furniture brought in to design the space. As you makeover your home to sell, remember to make the decor as neutral as possible to appeal to as many buyers as possible and to minimize furniture so rooms look spacious and inviting. 

Home Renovation

Home renovation is also an option for sellers who want to get the most for their home and have the money to do it. Kitchens and bathrooms are typically the rooms that excite buyers the most and lead to the most return on your investment. From there a new roof, new HVAC, landscaping, and updated outdoor space add good value to your home. If you think you will sell in the next five years, choose a project a year and enjoy them while you're still there!

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