The Importance Of Preparing Your Home Before Selling

Real Estate Broker/Owner with THE TEMPLE TEAM


Staging a home can make the difference between a quick sale and a house that lingers on the market for months. But how do you know which staging projects will have the biggest impact?

Here is a list of the five most important things you can do to make sure your house shows well.

1. Clean!

We all live with a few dust bunnies, but noticeable dirt makes a potential buyer think your home may not be well cared for. If you can’t deep clean the place yourself, hire a cleaning service to give it a good once-over. Pay special attention to things like windows and light fixtures–anything to make the place feel brighter and more cheerful. Before showings, wipe down a few of your home’s surfaces with your favorite cleaning product. Don’t overdo it, but a faint smell of furniture polish or cleanser helps to give buyers an impression of cleanliness.

2. Depersonalize!

It may break your heart to take down your wedding photos, but you want a buyer to be able to imagine themselves living in your home with their own memories. So pack up your pictures and personal items. This process will also help you let go of the home emotionally as you prepare to pass it on to someone else.

3. Declutter!

Excess stuff makes a home feel smaller, darker and more cramped. If you’re planning to move soon after the sale, it might be worth it to pack up things like books and off-season clothing and move them out of the house entirely to make storage spaces look larger.

4. New Paint!

Paint brightens things up, masks old odors, and gives a general impression of newness and good maintenance. Even touch-up paint makes a big difference, but it can be hard to match an existing color. If you have leftover paint, keep in mind that the paint on the walls may have faded over time, making the touched-up spots stand out too much. You want your home to feel like a clean slate.

5. Lighting!

This is the easiest thing in the world, but it makes a big difference. When you prepare your home for an open house or a showing, open curtains and turn on a few lamps. This will make the house feel more inviting.


You want your home to look like the best version of itself.

Focus on cleanliness, good lighting and clutter-free surfaces, and let your home’s charm speak for itself!

Are you LOOKING FOR THE HOME OF YOUR DREAMS?  Do you have a HOME TO SELL?  The Temple Team can help you with all of your Real Estate Needs in the Charlotte Area, Lake Norman Area and Asheville NC Area.  Give us a call at 704-235-3000 and visit our webstie at



William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Just a few simple tings to make your home stand out compared to others

Feb 25, 2018 06:06 PM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

The Temple Team once again a very informative post on best practices, thanks for sharing.

Feb 26, 2018 06:01 AM
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Nice post, thanks to you for sharing this.

Mar 03, 2018 08:17 AM