So, you've reached the point that you're ready to put your house up for sale. This means that you will have to do some preparation to get your home ready to put on the market. You will need to get it into shape to show it to others.  There are a variety of things that should be done to do that. You must understand that prospective buyers will more than likely have many homes to look at, so they will be choosy about which home they invest in. House staging is one great way that sellers showcase their home to buyers and receive the best price during the home's sale.

While your house may seem perfect to you, you'll want to put yourself in the buyer's shoes. Others want a home that can fit their personal lifestyle, not yours. You may love the look of your customized shelves overflowing with books or the many knickknacks cluttering up your fireplace mantle and tables, but remember now is the time to keep possible buyers in mind. You will need to take some time to sit down and look at your home in an unbiased way and figure out what you need to change in order to bring about the most appeal for as many customers as possible. Understand that they need to have the ability to imagine themselves and their own belongings in your home, and this means that your decor should be simple and sparse.

The first step is to start with an individual room and throw out, donate or store away any items that are not necessary for very basic decor and are not used often. Doing this will also be a big help to you when it comes time to pack your things up for a move after the home sells.

When it comes to items that you do not use regularly and want to keep, store them out of sight in sturdy moving boxes, and make sure to label them as to what is inside each box. You will need to follow these steps until you have removed unnecessary clutter from every room in the house. In the end, you should only have crucial pieces of furniture in each room and basic decor on the walls to make everything look finished and pulled together.

Clean all shelves and surfaces to make sure that none of them have any dust on them. Take the time to use a good furniture polish on all wood shelving and furniture. Take note of any scratches in wood furniture. If polishing the scratches doesn't cover them well, use a walnut finish to rub into each scratch. Let the oil from the walnut finish sit for at least a few minutes and wipe away. The scratches will then be very hard to notice or look to be nonexistent.

Check all walls throughout the home for nail holes, and make use of spackle to fill them in carefully. Small spackle knives and spackle can be found at any home supply store. Use a very small amount to fill each hole, and immediately smooth the area over with the spackle knife. If your walls show signs of any wear at all, it is important to paint them in a neutral color to give the room a fresh, cared-for look.

Whether you think your carpet needs it or not, it's a good idea to get it cleaned. All carpets flatten due to time and foot traffic. Having the carpet steam cleaned will help to raise the carpet pile, make it look clean and smell fresh. All upholstered furniture should be steam cleaned to help them look better and smell great, too.

Look over all rooms that are used often and take a beating due to use. The kitchen and bathroom areas are a good example of this. Liquids, dust, mold and much more can accumulate in these rooms, and every prospective buyer wants to see them clean and well cared for. Scrub all tile grout, and thoroughly clean and polish all fixtures in these rooms. Clean all around the toilet, underneath the seat and lid. Clean the sinks and countertops well, and make sure there are no visible stains. If your bathroom counters and shelves are cluttered with toiletries or a variety of other things, store them all in the cabinet below the sink or out of sight in general. Consider bringing in a fresh plant to dress up the area. Ensure that all towels and washcloths that are in full view are freshly folded or hung and clean.

In the kitchen, clean all small and large appliance surfaces well. If your kitchen counter is cluttered with food containers, cutting boards and utensil holders, store them out of sight. Many customers want ample storage and counter space, and removing clutter from these areas will help to showcase more space to them.

Remember that home staging is all about putting yourself in the potential buyer's shoes and seeing things from their point of view. Your chances of a great sale can increase when you impress them with a home they can easily visualize themselves living in with their own furniture and other belongings.