You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has orange shag carpet, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, it will be much harder for them to visualize what it would look like with their furniture and decor.

Try replacing any old carpeting with a neutral beige. Wood-paneled walls date your home. If you can’t afford to replace the paneling with sheetrock, then at least paint the paneling a light neutral color.

Also, go ahead and pack up most to all of your personal photographs, and all collectibles. While you love and cherish these items, buyers may not. By doing this before your home goes on the market, it gives you a head start on all of your packing.

Wondering what colors to use? Here are some great go-to neutral colors from Sherwin Williams. Remember repainting will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.