Making the choice to put your Champaign/Urbana IL home on the market means you've decided it's time to sell your home.  Sounds simple and accurate, right? Then it is important to do everything possible to achieve the goal of selling your home....and that sometimes means doing things that we may not think are necessary.  What do I mean by that?  Applying some tried and true tasks like these:

Here are some cheap and easy ways to get your home ready to put on the market that will help it show better....resulting in fewer days on the market, higher bids and an earlier sale.  Sound good?  

1. You need to pack away most of your personal items you have presented around your home.  Why?  Because your potential buyer needs to be able to view the home as "their possible home", not yours.  So grab some moving boxes, bubble wrap and packing tape and get to work.

2. GET RID OF THE CLUTTER!! I know you've heard it before, but I can't stress it enough. You have to get rid of all the clutter in your home, in every room;   basement and garage included.  Even if it means you rent a storage space while your house is up for sale, do whatever it takes to get it out of your home.  {I recommend going through all your items and having a yard sale to get rid of the things you truly do not need.}

3. Freshen Up!  One of the least expensive, high impact things you can do is paint a room!  It will give it a whole new vibe and a freshness that it needs for your buyers to really be drawn into the home.  Remember to use a neutral palette so that your potential buyers can put their own decorating panache into the home.

4. THE WHITE GLOVE TEST! This should go without saying...but too often still needs to be said, the house needs to be spotless! That means down on your hands and knees to scrub the floors, corners, and baseboards.  The walls and ceilings wiped down, closets, drawers, windows...everything!  And in the kitchen, your stove, refrigerator and all appliances need to be cleaned out and sparkling.  This will reflect in the amount a person will offer.....and it will be a negative effect if it isn't done.

5. Have a Professional Stager come through your home and set up each room to highlight it's best asset's.  The stager takes lighting, flow, color and more into their recommendations and will set up your home up accordingly.  Even you will be surprised at how your room/ home will look when they are done.

Like we said, these are simple things, but they make a world of difference to the "buyers" who will be coming through your door.  So make the most of each and every showing, so that you can sell your home in the shortest amount of time....for the most amount of money!