In today's active real estate market, it's not enough to just put your house up for sale. To get the best value for your home the necessary step of staging it comes into play. This task can be overwhelming to some. Extra costs, time and effort can be daunting, but have no fear, we have a few simple and cost effective steps to make this part of your selling process a piece of cake and make potential buyer's first impressions a great one.

Exterior

The first view of the house is from the outside. As buyers roll up to your house what they see matters. Put a little love into your lawn. A freshly trimmed, green, well maintained lawn is a very attractive feature. You don't have to spend much money to see a huge return on investment.

Spruce up your front entrance. You want it to be warm and inviting. Make sure the light fixture is clean, and consider a fresh coat of paint on the door. An excellent touch is a beautiful, potted plant.

A well cared, low maintenance property is the end goal here.

Less is More

Time to pack up all those family photos, trinkets, ornaments and pretty much anything else that is not necessary. Kitchen counters tend to get busy, so keep only the essentials and store everything else in the cupboards in an organized fashion, making sure to utilize the space efficiently. While touring your home, buyers will look at your closets. Now is a good time to pack away those clothes that are out of season. You don't want to give the impression that your closet won't hold all of your things. Any items that could viewed as clutter should be put in stacked storage boxes. Storage space is and always has been in demand.

Make it sparkle

Never underestimate the power of a clean house. A fresh coat of paint in a neutral color is great, but a top to bottom super duper cleaning treatment is what's going to give you the greatest interest. Think of it as equivalent to a Spring clean, where you wash your windows inside and out, clean and wipe out your cupboards and make sure the rug and carpets are fresh. If you have pets, ensure that their eating area is tidy and litter boxes are clean.

Lastly, if you want to give it one last boost fill your home with the aroma of dessert. The morning of your open house, bake some cookies. Who doesn't love the smell of fresh baked cookies? That delicious smell will waft through the house long after you’ve left it for buyers to walk though.