I am happy to know that you are thinking ahead and realize that staging and preparing your home to sell are very important in this market. It would also be a good idea to have a realtor take a look at your home ahead of time and make some suggestions as well. You might be thinking of painting or sprucing up in other ways and a good realtor will guide you so that you do the projects that will have the most return on your investment.
I would be happy to take a look at you home and make a few suggestions. I am also a Home-Staging Specialist with a background in interior design. Feel free to call and I would be happy to come out at no charge. I also have the designation of SRES which means Senior Real Estate Specialist and I am trainned to help people downsize.
Best of luck with your move next year and call me if I can help.
215-348-0000 ext 7638
Best of luck!