#1:Depersonalize – Remove the walls of family photos because it is difficult for a potential buyer to visualize the house being theirs when pictures of strangers are everywhereand it makes it hard to focus on the home’s other features. Of course, your kids’ baby pictures are adorable, but when your home is on the market, they need to come down for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living there. In the same respect, don’t distract from the house itself with art, which could be unappealing to a buyer. By David Reecher

#2: Small upgrades – Don’t go overboard on major remodels. Chances are, you won’t get your money back. Instead, focus on small upgrades, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom, where you’re most likely to see a return on investment. A new sink and cabinet hardware in the kitchen, or light fixtures, shower curtains, and hand towels in the bathroom, are inexpensive but can instantly transform your space. Rather than splurging $30,000 on a full kitchen remodel, ditch your unmatched old appliances and spend $3,500 on a new stainless steel appliance suite. Small upgrades can have a big impact. By David Reecher

#3: Light it up – A dark or poorly lit home feels damp and depressing. Brighten it up by using natural and artificial light. “Get the highest wattage light bulb for that light fixture, and it will instantly brighten up the room. When you leave for showings, turn the lights on and open curtains and blinds. A fresh coat of paint can also brighten a room. A deep cleaning will also help brighten baseboards, windows, and light fixtures. By David Reecher

#4: Curb appeal – Your home’s exterior is typically the first thing a buyer sees in person and on listing sites. If it doesn’t look good, a buyer won’t even consider looking at the interior shots. Tidy up your yard by trimming and shaping hedges, refreshing mulch, and edging the lawn. Consider pressure-washing your house, walkways, and driveway, or even adding a fresh coat of paint to your trim and shutters. Everything matters — even things as small as the brass on your front door. Polish the kick-plate and doorknob, and clean any cobwebs or bird droppings off your front porch. Flowers, particularly near the entryway, add a hint of color, making your home feel alive and inviting. David Reecher

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