Getting Rid of the Clutter
This is the first and most difficult step in the process because of the emotional attachment most people have to things they've collected over the years. Most people have organized their "clutter," and no longer see it for the mess it may be. But most buyers will still see it that way and it can greatly affect their perception of the home
You should make sure that counter tops, closets, shelves, drawers and all storage areas (basement, attic, garage, sheds and utility rooms) are as clean and open as possible. This will not only allow buyers to see your home for what it is, but it will create the appearance of more space.