You’ve made the decision to put your house on the market … but is it ready to sell? A recent article from and HGTV’s Nicole Curtis offered some tips for getting the best price for your listing. Here’s a recap:

There’s only one first impression, so make it count! Whether they’re looking at your home in person or on the web, a few updates will go a long way. Update the decorative accents and hardware, and add some fresh flowers, too. And don’t forget to spruce up the home’s exterior as well.

Remove personalized items. You want visitors looking at the house, not all the extras. Make an effort to remove family photos, collectibles, personal keepsakes, etc.

The kitchen is king. Kitchens often make or break a sale, so freshen your kitchen with a coat of paint and new hardware. If you can afford it, add at least one stainless steel appliance for a high-end look.

Clear out the closets. Packed closets can be a negative, so remove half of your belongings from closets to give the appearance of ample storage space. Swapping out cheap hangers for wooden ones also adds a nice touch.