Lights, Camera, ACTION - Prepare to List Your Home in a Flash!

Real Estate Agent with | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

In a perfect world, Charlotte home sellers have plenty of time to prepare their home to list and SELL. This would include time to pre-inspect, make necessary repairs, thoroughly clean the home and properly stage it for showings.  However, as we all know, there are those cases when time is not on the sellers’ side to complete all of these tasks.

Here are a few short cuts that ARE necessary in order to get your home in show-ready condition in a very short period of time.

Remove All Personal Photos/Miscellaneous Items

One of the most important things that a home seller can do in staging their home is to remove all of the family’s personal photos and items.  Sellers want their home to be neutral so that a buyer can see himself or herself living in the home.  Ideally, all personal effects will be removed from the property but, when this is not possible, they should be boxed up or stored in an out-of-sight location in the home.

De-Clutter As Much As Humanly Possible

De-cluttering the home is probably THE most important step in home staging because it can make the home appear cleaner and shows a more accurate depiction of the square footage in the home.  When time for staging is limited, go ahead and REMOVE these items – box up as much as you can and get it out of the house!  Buyers WILL open closet doors, drawers and cabinets to view these areas and you certainly don’t want your buyers to think you’ve ‘outgrown‘ the house!  If the space/storage is too small for you, it may be too small for them too!

Put the Spotlight On the Kitchen And Bathrooms

Focus on cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms thoroughly and giving the other areas of the home a once-over with cleaning efforts as well. Remove as much as you possibly can from the countertops – no good chef likes limited prep space in a kitchen and no girly-girl likes little space for her personal items!

In a situation with limited time to stage the home, we highly recommend leasing a portable storage unit and begin packing.  Remember, you’re getting ready to move, why not get a jump-start on the packing NOW?!

If you have questions about staging, listing and selling your home, call or text (704) 491-3310 or email us at

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | | Home Seller Tips – Lights, Camera, ACTION - Prepare to list your home in a flash!

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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

As always, there is the important pre-listing work that needs to be done. It can't be stressed enough how important this step is in getting top $.

Aug 10, 2015 09:35 AM #21
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

These tips are so important.  If sellers follow these recommendations and price their homes correctly, the should meet their objectives in no time.

Aug 10, 2015 12:38 PM #22
Jacy Bowers
Cherry Creek Properties - Westminster, CO
"Working at the Speed of YOU!'

Good Points. I think these are sometimes we, as realtors, feel that we take for granted people knowing, but it's always good to gently remind them of these important steps.. We dont' want buyers getting caught up in the seller's pictures and not being able to put themselves in the picture!

Aug 10, 2015 01:34 PM #23
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Great information for every seller preparing to list their house for sale.

Aug 10, 2015 02:17 PM #24
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

All excellent tips, however, another tip that sellers should always consider is the replacing of large pieces of furniture to increase perception of a large room rather than a small room.  Less is always better with contrasting soft interior paint palettes. Great post.

Aug 10, 2015 02:29 PM #25
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debe Maxwell - you are on target! Kitchen and Bathrooms are the areas of the homes that are best selling features of the home!

Aug 10, 2015 02:48 PM #26
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Good advice. I remember showing homes in which the buyers spent more time looking at the photographs on the walls than looking at the house. One time one of them even found themselves in a group photo! (This IS a small town.) 

Other times, buyers got caught up in looking at the seller's collections. One home stands out in my memory because I too wanted to stop and look. The seller was a master at carving and painting birds, and his collection was so life-like that you expected them to fly off the shelves. 

When the "stuff" becomes the focus, the buyers aren't really even looking at the house.

Aug 10, 2015 03:58 PM #27
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Debe Maxwell  Your title says it all!  I love the tone of this post that provides sellers with critical information.

Aug 10, 2015 04:03 PM #28
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Distractions at every turn! Hard to get started with the process, but once you begin it makes perfect sense. Declutter and get rid of those old things that you haven't looked at in years that no family wants. 

Aug 10, 2015 11:00 PM #29
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Just had a seller who didn't have lots of time.  They've found the "move into" house and need to get it sold NOW.  They followed your advice to a T.

Aug 10, 2015 11:01 PM #30
Joan Zappa
Eagles Wings Realty - Montrose, CO
Professional treatment of our clients, brings awes

A great way to prepare--good balance of staging vs clutter.


Aug 10, 2015 11:25 PM #31
Christi Farrington
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT

Excellent!!  Succinct and to the point - De-Personalize, De-Clutter and Clean!!

Aug 11, 2015 06:31 AM #32
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

It is nice to see it written out so nicely. If all sellers listened it wold be nice.

Aug 11, 2015 11:21 AM #33
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the great tips. I hope home sellers will read it.

Aug 14, 2015 08:44 PM #34
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

Great tips for sellers!  If only they all would follow our advice.

Wishing you a great week ahead.

Aug 15, 2015 04:59 AM #35
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Smart, quick advice that every seller can use to their benefit to be ready to list for sale.  Great information!

Aug 15, 2015 05:27 AM #36
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments - yes, it does benefit sellers tremendously to work from this list.  Attack all points and you will have a successful sale.  One addition that was mentioned that is also imperative is the landscape - spread some pine needles or mulch, plant some annual flowers, trim the hedges and mow the lawn!  A Saturday afternoon can make a whopping difference of that first impression that each and every buyer sees that tour your property!

Aug 20, 2015 05:55 AM #37
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Great tips for those trying to get their home ready to list quickly.

Sep 12, 2015 07:57 AM #38
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

I noticed you haven't posted on Active Rain for a while and was wondering if all is OK?  Come back to the 'Rain!

Oct 25, 2015 08:16 AM #39
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debe Maxwell,

Excellent post! Well deserved fesatured status..thanks for the tips to plisting quickly..always pre listing work to do but it can be done! Hope you come back to the rain and start playing..your posts are missed!

Dec 07, 2015 08:16 PM #40
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