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A for-sale sign sits outside a Goshen home on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. (Elizabeth Frantz)
What should you know to get your house ready to sell?

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 4:07 p.m.

Susie Tucker is a realtor with Susie Tucker Realty, which sells homes in Elkhart County and southwest Michigan.

If you have questions for Tucker about selling your own home, leave them in the comments below. She has agreed to answer them between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, March 17.

1. Pay attention to curb appeal

I recommend cleaning up the yard, trimming back bushes and any branches that might be hiding your home. Pressure wash the house, patio, deck and concrete walkways and driveways. Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door if needed, and replace old mulch with new for a real "pop" to the outside.

2. Let the light in

Clean all windows inside and out to capture that sparkle from the sun.

3. Get organized

De-clutter and box up excess personal belongings and organize closets and storage areas.

4. Make sure everything is polished and clean

Be sure carpets and window coverings are clean and free of pet odors. Polish all floors and mirrors, and remove fingerprints and smudges from walls and light fixtures.

5. Make sure your home is in working order

It is wise to make any basic home repairs needed before the sale or buyer's home inspection. All smoke detectors should be in working order

6. Create an inviting atmosphere for buyers

Open your windows and set out freshly cut flowers to enhance an inviting scent.

7. Adjust your thermostat 

Keep your home at a comfortable temperature during showings.

8. Be reasonable

Be reasonable and realistic when pricing your home based on sold properties in your area.

Again, If you have questions for Tucker about selling your own home, leave them in the comments below. She has agreed to answer them between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, March 17.