Selling a home can be an arduous and stressful journey. Between enlisting the help of a real estate agent, an attorney as well as an army of inspectors, appraisers and journeymen, it can be a complex process.  Follow these recommendations from the top real estate professionals to ensure that your home sells as quickly as possible for the highest prices possible. Prepare to make many lists and get started

Update your home’s curb appeal.  Attend to any deferred maintenance on shutters, doors and gutters. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon  coupons and rent a large SUV from Dollar for hauling large lawn debris and any items to be discarded from the interior of the home. Trim all shrubbery below windows and trim tree branches at least eight feet off the ground. Spread fresh pine straw or pine bark in the landscaping beds and put out a large planter of colorful seasonal bedding flowers. Update the light fixture, house numbers and mailbox as needed.  Many buyers make a decision on whether to even enter a property based in its curb appeal. This is a very important step in the process of preparing your home for sale.

The interior of the home should be spotless. Ensure closet items have been thinned out and the remaining items well organized. Over flowing closets suggests to buyers that the home has insufficient storage. The bathrooms and kitchen should be given special attention.  Schedule maintenance for the major HVAC appliances and make certain kitchen appliances are in working order. Finally, power-clean the floors and replace carpet where necessary.

A fresh coat of paint will make a huge impact and let buyers know the home is move-in ready. Make arrangements to board pets during showings and during the open house. The home should be free of any pet or smoke odors. Purchase a fresh bouquet of flowers for the dining table or kitchen counter. Finally, check with the real estate agent for any additional recommendations. Best of luck to you.