The busy spring selling season is right around the corner, and for those that are planning to put their home on the market it’s time to start getting it ready to sell.

Waiting until the last minute to prepare your home is a common mistake, but know that it is much easier to make sure everything is covered when you give yourself a few months of leeway. With that in mind, the Huffington Post provided a few pointers in how to get your home to look its best for a potential sale.

Here are the basics you need to follow:

  1. Start Packing
  2. Clear Away the Clutter
  3. Improve Your Home
  4. Interview Realtors
  5. Research Your Market

It’s a good idea to start packing all non-essential items as soon as possible when selling your home. Clear out your storage closets, basement, attic, etc. This is a good time to determine what you are going to keep and what you might want to sell. By boxing up all these items, your home will look much neater and more spacious when its time to sell.

The Huffington Post notes potential buyers want to see a “fantasy” version of your home, so clear out all clutter. You probably have noticed that in model homes you will never find stacks of magazines or books, for example. Pack away the family photos and reduce clutter on shelves and other surfaces. This will help the potential buyer to envision the home under their ownership.

To improve your home does not mean taking on any extensive renovation project, rather it entails making minor repairs and improvements that will make your home look “fresher” to buyers, the Huffington Post recommends. Potential ideas are replacing the caulk and grout in your bathrooms, updating light fixtures or old ceiling fans, or even painting your front door and the trim in the bedrooms.

Finding the right realtor can be a key component in a successful home sale. You will want to interview several listing agents and get recommendations from friends. The most important element of selecting an agent is finding one that has a strong marketing plan and is an expert in the local market.

Getting an early start on these steps will have your home ready and at its best when it comes to sell in the spring.