First Impressions Count

If you're considering selling your home, look at your home through the eyes of a buyer.

Because first impressions count, check out your home's curb appeal. What do people see as they first drive up? To show your home at its best, cut the grass, trim all hedges and shrubs, and plant a few extra flowers for color. Clean or paint the front door, window trim and shutters. Check the gutters and the roof. Clean out the garage and make sure your entry light and doorbell work.

As you move inside your home, prepare it so it's uncluttered, spacious and neutral as possible. A fresh coat of paint and clean windows and drapes will work wonders. Moving out excess furniture and items from closets adds spaciousness. Fixing loose doorknobs, leaky faucets, and sticking doors will give your home a cared-for feel.