Have you decided the time is right to sell you home? Whether you’ve decided to up-size, down-size or move across the country, selling you home can be a daunting process. It is strongly recommended to enlist the services of a professional real estate agent. Depending on how long you’ve been in your home, its condition and how much you have accumulated over the years, there’s quite possibly a volume of work to be completed even before contacting an agent. Follow these recommendations from the professional real estate agent to ensure the process runs smoothly and you’re able to command top dollar for your home.

Stand across the street from your home and take a critical look at the curb appeal. First impressions are critical to prospective buyers. If your home is appealing on the exterior, it sets the stage for a positive impression of the interior. Trim all the shrubs to below the height of the windows and away from walkways and the driveway. Cut tree branches to at least ten feet above the ground. Apply fresh pine mulch or pine straw as needed. Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door and update the house numbers, mailbox, lighting and door mat. Address any deferred maintenance issues with the gutters, shutters and doors.

On the interior, declutter all closets and open spaces. Not only is a cluttered home difficult to view, it leaves the impression that there is insufficient storage space in the home. Apply a fresh coat of light, neutral paint to all rooms. Power-clean the bathrooms and kitchen and steam clean the floors. Ensure all appliances are in working order including the HVAC system. Shine the windows on the interior and exterior. If there are lingering odors in the home, resist the temptation to mask them with air fresheners. Identify the source of the odor and address it. Leave windows open to air your home out if necessary.

Finally, take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a quality camera from the huge selection offered by Canon. Take multiple photos of the interior and exterior. Provide these photos to your real estate agent for listing your home. Best of luck to you in selling your home!