Steps to take before putting your home on the market

1. Organize. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. This can be a great opportunity to donate gently used furniture, clothing, and toys. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement.

2. Clean. Clean the windows, floors, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine. Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms. These rooms should be spotless!

3. Repair. Have minor repairs completed. Take the time to fix dripping faucets, loose door knobs, etc.

4. Summarize work. Draft a list of work that has been completed and when. If you replaced your windows or purchased a new furnace, a potential buyer should know.  A list of major home improvement projects or purchases is helpful to the buyer and can add to a home's value.

5. Find your warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house.

6. Spruce up the curb appeal. Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the walk shoveled? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance?