Planning to put your home on the market soon? If so, keep in mind that successful staging is key to selling your home quickly and at the best price. Here are some essential tips that will help you style and upgrade your home in a way that will give you fast results.

1. Enhance curb appeal. If the outside of your home doesn't look the part, most people won't even consider giving the inside a look over. You can easily lure house-shoppers in by completing tasks such as hanging new house numbers, mowing the lawn, repainting the front door or porch, planting more greenery and flowers, and power washing the siding and walkways. Adding some nice outdoor furniture with durable fabric, some solar lights up the walkway, and a fresh welcome mat can also spruce your exterior up.

2. Thoroughly clean the interior. A dirty house certainly won't leave a good first impression with a potential buyer, so make sure you take the time to get your interior sparkling. This also includes ridding the home of any unpleasant pet odors. If you have a large home, you may want to hire a professional cleaning service to tackle the tough stuff.

3. Declutter. The point of selling a home is to make it appealing to all potential buyers, so purge out anything that's unnecessary or unsightly. This even includes closets (yes, potential buyers will look in the closet) and toys. Less clutter equals more space in the eyes of those shopping for a home of their own. Even if you have to move items to an offsite storage facility, it'll be worth it.

Once you're done with that, slowly bring in a few items to make the home appealing. Things like vases of fresh-cut flowers or a bowl of fruit on the counter come across as "lived in" rather than cluttered. And be cautious when it comes to personal accents--if they aren't in pristine condition, it's best to tuck them away.

4. Neutralize the color palette. You may love bold and exciting colors (and that's okay)--but now is not the time to experiment. Think whites, creams, browns, and grays. A neutral backdrop will look more sophisticated and will also allow you to add a pop of color or pattern by scattering some pillows covered in a pretty fabric or laying down a decorative rug.

5. Rearrange the Furniture. Furniture placement is very important even if you aren't staging a home. A good rule of thumb is to stick with a symmetrical arrangement. It also helps to create inviting conversation areas by pulling furniture away from the walls and pairing them when possible.

6. Style your entertaining areas. Many homeowners like to entertain, so if you have spaces that would allow potential buyers to do so, make sure you focus on those areas, too. Whether it's a dining room, a breakfast nook, a screened in porch, or the back deck, turn them into areas any future owners would love to host a party in.