HERE ARE 10 TOP SUGGESTIONS TO GET YOUR HOUSE READY FOR SALE: 1. DON'T LOSE THEM AT THE CURB ..... Have you seen them?  Buyers hunkered low in their cars in front of your house, doing drive-by's before deciding whether to request a showing.  Make sure potential buyers fall in love with your home from the street.  Clean patios and walkways, weed the flower beds (get rid of any dead  flowers), updated light fixtures, no paint peeling, add flowers in season.  Its your first chance to make a good impression, make it count. 2. MAKE IT SPARKLE. Don't forget those baseboards, ceiling fans, windows, inside cabinets. Pay close attention to any types of odors 3. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COLOR AND LIGHT.  Neutral colors make home appear larger; open blinds are great way to get natural lighting. 4.  DEPERSONALIZE. Buyers do not like clutter, remove what you can. 5. FURNISHINGS. Cover with slip covers or remove worn out furniture and remove some if to much furniture. 6. ARTWORK. Photography framed is a great fresh look, if updated artwork isn't available. 7. MAKE REPAIRS. Squeaky doors, chipped paint, broken fixtures and fittings that you've neglected. 8. FRESH COAT OF PAINT.  One of the best returns for your money that will quickly refresh a dull dated room is a fresh coat of paint.   Choose a Beige or Gray. 9. FLOORS. Get rid of worn and stained carpets, and consider refinishing  hardwood floors, if needed. 10.  NEW LIGHT FIXTURES. This is a category sellers ignore the most, and it is very important to not have dated light fixtures throughout the house. Renew the look of the room by replacing old, broken or dated light fixtures, door hardware, light switches and covers, outlets, make sure light bulbs match and are working. Consider consulting with a professional designer for further direction.

SOME OF THE FOLLOWING 15 FEATURES WERE MOST OFTEN USED IN LISTINGS ON REALTOR.COM IN PAST:

1. FIREPLACE 2. WOOD FLOOR 3. CARPET 4. GRANITE COUNTER 5. STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES 6. OPEN FLOOR PLAN 7. WALK-IN CLOSET 8. FORMAL DINING ROOM 9. VAULTED CEILING 10. OPEN KITCHEN 11. TILE FLOOR 12. COVERED PATIO 13. FINISHED BASEMENT 14. BREAKFAST BAR 15. CHEF'S KITCHEN

Pam Turner-Kyle, Realtor Express Realty, Inc,. Real Estate and Interior Design