Once you have made up your mind to sell your home and found an agent to handle the transaction for you, there are a few important steps to take to make it look appealing to potential buyers who are looking to buy a home more than a simple house. Even though you may not realize it, the appearance of your home on the day a buyer looks at it can make or break the sale, so be diligent and create the perfect setting to influence their decision. Keep it clean – nothing can make a house more unappealing to a potential buyer than walking into a mess. Because of this it is important to keep your home clean at all times. Make sure the sink is free of dirty dishes and there are no dirt trails to be seen. This is extremely important, as your cleaning habits will speak volumes to a buyer about the way you’ve maintained the property. Make it look homely – a home is exactly that, a place for a family to get together in an environment of peace and love. One of the best ways to achieve this ambiance is to simmer some cinnamon sticks on the stove and set out a few plates of baked goodies for visitors in strategic areas of your house, including the kitchen, living room, dining room and hallway. Make sure you use pretty plates, and offer a cup of hot cocoa or tea during their visit. Decorations are the key to success – nothing can bring out the true spirit of a house as a few well-placed decorations. This is especially true during the holidays, so without running the risk of making the place look gaudy and overloaded, decorate with a few nice pieces and place the focus on them by using indirect lighting. During Christmas you can have your favorite carols playing softly in the background and a fire going in the chimney to ensure you add that special touch the season can provide. Keep your front yard in top shape – regardless of the season, the front yard should always be kept free of debris, garbage, and snow. The front yard will create the first and most important impression on a potential buyer, so make sure you make it the best one you possibly can. Even though winter snow and ice can be quite annoying, especially in the Grand Junction Colorado area, always keep the walkway shoveled and well salted, and you can add some sand to ensure your visitors have a secure footing as they walk to the door. Many times a sale will be more about the small details than the price, and providing a potential buyer with an environment that will give them a good idea of how pleasant their life will be if they purchase your property will go a longer way than lowering the asking price. No matter how you choose to prepare your home for selling, always put yourself in a buyer´s shoes and create an environment that is welcoming and friendly, as well as warm and comfortable, because that may help them decide they want your home to be theirs.