If you own White Mountains real estate and you are planning to sell soon, spring is the perfect time to list your home. Buyers are more likely to shop for homes during spring. Your Peabody & Smith real estate agent has the expertise to help your home stand out to prospective buyers. Here's a handy checklist to help you spring into action to get your home ready for the prime selling season.

1. Eliminate clutter.

Put this all-important item first on your list. Getting rid of clutter is essential in several ways. First of all, clearing clutter exposes surfaces to make them easier to clean. Second, clutter-free rooms will make your house look larger. And third, buyers need to visualize themselves in the home you're listing. Eliminating personal items like photographs and collectibles will speed that process. Resist the urge to move items to the attic or basement. It's important to show off the space in those spaces. One idea to consider is arranging to rent a storage unit where you can safely store possessions you plan to keep and move to your next home.

2. Dust all rooms thoroughly.

Begin spring cleaning by thoroughly dusting each room in your home. Don't forget the attic, basement, and garage. Start at the top of the room, removing dust from fans, ceilings, and high shelves. Once everything has been dusted, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust that has collected on the floor. Give floors a deep cleaning after the dust has been removed from the room.

3. Wash windows and window screens.

Spring is the perfect time to clean the windows in your home. Remove all screens from your windows and clean them with warm water and mild soap. Wash both sides of the windows with an appropriate cleaner and wipe dry. You should also take this opportunity to wash the window treatments in your home. Once everything is clean, reinstall screens and hang window treatments back up.

4. Clean rugs and carpets.

Clean rugs and carpeting is essential when you put your home on the market. Begin by vacuuming your carpet thoroughly and treating any stains with an appropriate solvent. Next, use a carpet shampooer to clean all of the carpet in the home. Alternatively, you can hire a professional company to clean your rugs and carpets.

5. Polish metal hardware and make surfaces shine.

Use liquid polishes, creams, or paste to polish and shine all of the metal hardware in your home. Evaluate all surfaces and use an appropriate cleaner to make them sparking clean. If you've eliminated clutter (see Step 1), it will be much easier to spruce up surfaces with a quick cleaning in advance of a showing or an open house. In future posts, we'll take a look at easy ways to enhance the curb appeal of your home, as well some do's and don'ts for open houses. Stay tuned! Subscribe to Market Insight Reports