So you've made the decision to sell.

The marketing plan is in place and you're ready to have potential buyers walk through your home but, the question remains... are you really ready for this?

Here are some tips that have proven to be invaluable to the successful home seller. The right preparation and just a little investment, whether it be time or money spent on sprucing up your home, can deliver significant financial results.

Consider re-configuring rooms
If you are advertising a three bedroom home for sale, then that is what people will be coming to see.  Consider re-organising the rooms prior to the sale to show them to their best advantage.  Hire or borrow some bedroom furniture, and put excess items in storage.

Tidy up the garden
Keep in mind that first impressions count.  Dig out weeds, put mulch on the garden beds, keep paths and the driveway swept, prune and shape trees and shrubs, and make sure rubbish bins are clean and tucked away.

Get rid of the clutter
Crowded shelves and drawers can make rooms and storage space seem cluttered and smaller.  Consider putting non-essential items in storage throughout the sale period.

To view a video on how to de clutter your home click here

Not everyone loves your cat as much as you!
If you have pets, it's also advisable to keep them out of the house, or ask friends or family if they will look after them during inspections. Note: Remember to air your house as well as store your pets bowls and toys prior to inspection.

Remember first impressions last
Set the scene for your prospective buyer.  Draw attention to your home's best features by displaying fresh flowers and hanging decorative hand towels in the bathroom.

An open home is a great way to promote your home to prospective buyers.  With the right preparation, an open home can be very successful.

For a Free Guide to help you sell your home please click here