It’s time to do it now. Even the toilet should shine. Don’t forget the ceiling fans with their dusty blades. • Put away memories. It might be difficult to do if you’re staying in the house until it sells, but it’s now time to take down all your family photos, certificates, sports banners, and anything else that has a personal touch. You want the potential buyers to see the house as an immediate home for them, not to have them subconsciously weighed down with the need to clear the house of all your belongings. • Fresh air. There are those people who love to open the windows everymorning to let the breeze rush through, and then there are those people who couldn’t be paid to open the windows. If you never allow fresh air to blow through your home, then it has most likely developed an unappealing odor. Open up! Step back and look at your house with the eyes of a potential buyer who has never entered through the door. Do a walkaround on the outside, and then go slowly through the house to see what can be cleared away or scrubbed down. All of this might take some time, but it will save you money, whether you’re hiring a staging expert or doing it yourself. D-I-Y Pinterest has become a great online resource for learning how to improve your living space through creative projects. If you find out that you have enough furniture, but just need to embellish your home a bit more, here are some ideas: • Brighten it up. Do you have a “sad” paint color in any or all rooms? Is the house monochromatic? Consider repainting rooms according to their purpose, such as using soft neutrals like mild yellows or creams that set off a glow when the sun shines in the dining room.
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