It’s no secret by now that the real estate market is down. You can’t sit back and wait for someone to take your home as it is anymore. It is much easier to sell it if you take an aggressive approach. Here are 5 proactive steps from Popular Mechanics you can take that will help you beat the market:

1) Enhance the curb appeal.
2) Beautify the interior.
3) Clear out the clutter.
4) Inspect your kitchen and bathrooms.
5) Hire a home inspector.

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Credit: Popular Mechanics