The biggest mistake a seller can make is to show a dirty home, says Chad Goldwasser of Goldwasser Real Estate in Austin, Texas. “I won’t even represent sellers at this point unless they are fully aware of how important it is to get their home in the absolute best condition that they’ve ever had it in,” he remarks. A home that has too many personal items will make it difficult for buyers to picture themselves living there. “I tell all my clients that how we decorate to live and how we decorate to sell are different, and right now, we’re decorating to sell,” says Julie Dana, co-author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Staging Your Home to Sell.” Odors, old fixtures, wallpaper, and popcorn acoustic ceilings also may turn off buyers. | Read More