One Of The Best Investments You Can Make If You Want To Sell Your Home

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

too much stuffSelling a house isn't easy, even with the best professionals by your side.  As if the sales process weren't stressful enough....the preparation of a home, prior to listing, is overwhelming to most sellers.

Preparation is key to a successful sale.   Homes that are listed prematurely do not show well, spend more time on the market, and see multiple price reductions before receiving an offer. 

One of the best investments you can make if you want to sell your home, is an investment of time....time prepacking. Packing can't be're selling a house, not the contents.

Pack before listing, and you not only get the job done, you also increase the visual appeal of your house! 

  • CLOSETS  Prepack off-season clothing, shoes, and accessories and make your closets appear larger.
  • KITCHEN  Prepack all dishes and glassware that's not used daily and make cabinets appear more spacious.
  • COLLECTIONS   Prepack so buyers are looking at positive features of the house, not your memorabilia. 
  • PHOTOGRAPHS  Prepack evidence of who actually lives there so buyers can picture the home as theirs.
  • VALUABLES  Don't risk having something of value get damaged or stolen.  


Pack it up and get it out so potential buyers can see the features of your home and visualize their new life there.

Pack it up and get it out so you will have less to do in the final weeks before moving day.

Pack it up and get rid of it so you can start fresh in your new home! 


 Pack it sooner, instead of later, and sell your house faster!

Comments (96)

Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Many sellers are so glad that they packed it "sooner rather than later."  They often find that they did not need the stuff in their new place!

Oct 13, 2013 08:20 PM
Jeremy Joslin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales

excellent advice Sharon

Oct 13, 2013 11:17 PM
Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS
RE/MAX Elite Properties; Serving Cypress, Spring, Tomball, NW Houston - Houston, TX
RE/MAX Elite Properties

Sharon, So true!  It can be a daunting task for sellers, but it sure pays off and it's going to have to be done anyway sooner or later anyway.  They may as well do it upfront and reap the benefits.

Oct 13, 2013 11:44 PM
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Such simple and sage advice.. Thanks for the reminder, have a Blessed Day!!!

Oct 14, 2013 12:54 AM
Centerville, KS

Sharon - you hit the nail on the head. Putting a home on the market prematurely can cost your money & days on market in the long run. I'll be re-posting. Thanks!

Oct 14, 2013 01:28 AM
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

Sharon: Rushhing to put the house on the market can cause a lot of problems where buyers get the wrong impression of the home. Getting rid of as much personal property as possible is very key and getting the house fixed up and showable is very important.

Oct 14, 2013 03:08 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Michelle:  It's true...if done right no one should be able to figure out who lives there.

Travis:  More reason to be time to waste!

Marte:  I was looking at homes with a friend a few years ago and was surprised to see photos of my primary care physician and her family all over the home.  

Sharon:  Another just may decide you don't need the stuff at all!

Jeremy:  Thank you!

Joyce:  It's not a difficult decision really....who doesn't want less time on the market, more time when they are moving, and more money in their pocket????

Robert:  Thank you, it's been awhile since I've been called sage!

Sean:  Thanks for the reblog!

Jimmy:  The more work they do up front, the better chance they have of a successful sale!


Oct 14, 2013 05:39 AM
nobody - Alamance, NT

Great post, pack, clean and prepare. Clients need nudging, it also helps them think about relocating when there stuff is already packed.

Oct 14, 2013 05:56 AM
Brett Taylor

Spot on! This perfect and practical advice!

Oct 14, 2013 06:49 AM
Brian Sharkey
SharkeyRE LLC - Tequesta, FL
SharkeyRE - #SouthFloridaBroker
Oct 14, 2013 07:28 AM
Jared Garfield
Rich Life Real Estate Team - Buford, GA
Invest With The Best For The Highest Returns!

Absolutely, getting rid of clutter is huge, and you used great pictures to show how distracting clutter and colletions can be.  Staging a home and getting the right pictures make a big difference!

Oct 14, 2013 03:04 PM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team
Thanks Sharon for your post and list. Best of all they are free.
Oct 15, 2013 02:50 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Janine:  Once they start the packing process, they usually realize just how much stuff they are willing to trash or donate.  

Brett:  Thank you!

Jared:  The best marketing requires preparation!

Bob:  Just requires time and effort!


Oct 15, 2013 04:43 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Hi Sharon, very good advice. I think that DOM are proportional to amount of stuff in the house. More stuff- longer it takes to sell.

Oct 15, 2013 12:39 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna:  Thank you!  That's a good way to explain it to sellers....the more stuff/the longer on the market.

Oct 17, 2013 09:14 AM
Tyrone Brown
Sumter, SC

I just move to A Small Real estate Market .It is Amazing how Some of the realtors.  Showcase a home here.Being that it is a small community most of the sellers are sold on the friendship not stagging the home correctly !!!homes sitting on market for over 352 days ?????

Oct 17, 2013 11:10 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sharon, never occurred that prepackaging the 'stuff' - even for staging - is going to help save time while moving. Clever! 

Oct 17, 2013 03:19 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Tyrone:  Similar situation pics are horrible.  I just don't get it.

Praful:  Something to pass on to your sellers!

Oct 18, 2013 09:33 AM
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Great advice! I want a garage sale before we list the house.

Nov 12, 2013 08:23 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager
WAYNE: you will be so happy you did it!
Nov 13, 2013 02:33 AM