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Preparing to Sell Your Home: A Timeline Made Simple


Making a decision to list your home is a big one.  Likely, your house is your largest asset and chock full of memories and life.  Give yourself adequate time to prepare, and keep your patience and sense of humor on hand.  Follow this two month timeline to prepare yourself and your home for the big move!

Two Months Before Listing Your Home for Sale:

Painting Interior

  • Survey the condition of your property as a potential buyer would. Notice things that may look poorly maintained or in need of repair and make a list.
  • Begin tackling that list of small repairs such as leaky faucets, drywall that needs patching, and gutters that may need repairing.
  • Consider some small aesthetic upgrades that need doing anyway, are neutral in style, and can provide a good return on investment.
  • If you like to DIY, begin knocking these things off the list or line up hired help for these aesthetic items such as freshening up the paint with neutral colors and updating plumbing or lighting fixtures.

One Month Before Listing:


  • Contact a real estate professional with a proven track record and excellent communication skills.
  • Your agent will give you advice on staging your property for sale, much of which will involve decluttering (see below for staging details).
  • Look at your agent’s comparative market analysis to decide together on a listing price.
  • Begin pulling together any appliance manuals or service records that your future buyer may appreciate as a demonstration of good home maintenance.

Three Weeks Before Listing:

  • Storage Unit MovingCombine your real estate agent’s advice about staging and decluttering your home with your own need to pack up in preparation for the move by starting to collect boxes or storage bins, label them, and place unnecessary items in them for storage
  • Evaluate each item that you have and decide if you will use it in the future. If you will not, fill boxes to go to charities such as Salvation Army and Goodwill.
  • If you do not have a garage or storage shed in which to store these personal items, rent a storage unit.


Two Weeks Before Listing:


  • Continue the process of decluttering, packing and storing your items. You want your home to resemble a vacation rental when you are finished, with personal photos removed from the walls and surfaces cleared.
  • Begin the process of performing or scheduling some deep cleaning items such as getting the windows washed, cobwebs out of corners, and ceiling fans dusted off.
  • Although it is a lower priority than living spaces, do not forget to clean storage areas such as garages and sheds. It is understandable if you have boxed items stored in there, but it should still be clean.

One Week Before Listing:


  • Focus on your curb appeal by bringing in new mulch for garden beds, cleaning up decks and porches and making sure the lawn is mowed.
  • If you have time, plant some flowers to bring some color to your landscape.
  • Continue to clean and declutter.
  • Contact your real estate agent about scheduling photos and marketing notes.
  • Maintain cleaning and decluttering practices throughout the time your home is listed -- you are almost there!

For more information on selling your house or real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Thirty Tips for Staging Your Home for Sale

Planning on selling your home soon?  Staging a home is the preparation of your home prior to selling so that it will be appealing to buyers.  There are a number of things that you can do on a shoestring budget that will greatly improve the presentation of your house to potential buyers.  Accomplishing these tasks will leave you with a great start to packing, a clutter-free abode in anticipation of the move, and a significant return on your investment of time and elbow grease.  Here are 30 tips for staging your home.


Kitchen Home Staging Tips

Kitchen Flowers Staging1. For open shelving and glass shelves, display only a minimal amount of dishware.

2.  Take the time to clean out your pantry. Home buyers will look in there. It is probably a long-overdue chore anyway and will look much neater without old bags of flour.  Food storage containers, neatly stacked, can tidy up the appearance of the pantry.

3.  Make the counters as clutter-free as possible.  If you do not use the espresso maker and coffee grinder daily, go ahead and pack it away in a lower cabinet or storage box.

 4.  Wipe out the inside and outside of appliances.  Appliances are a major selling point and buyers are likely to peek inside of them to check out the condition.

5.  Place a bouquet of flowers on the counter or any dining surface.  Choose ones that do not have too strong of a smell and that add bright color to the room.

Living Room Home Staging Ideas

Living Room Staging6.  Make sure that window treatments are arranged to allow the most possible daylighting in.

7.  Remove personal photos so that a potential buyer can envision him or herself in this home rather than your family.

8.  A few colorful throw pillows and blankets can spruce up worn furniture.

9.  House plants bring the feeling of the outdoors in and add a boost of vibrancy to living areas.

10. Store away magazines, books, notepads and the clutter of everyday life in lidded natural grass baskets on lower shelves of coffee tables or in drawers.

Bathroom Staging Ideas

Bathroom Staging11.  Store away any kind of personal care items (toothbrushes, hairbrushes, etc.) out of view.

12.  Tidy up bathroom storage in linen closets, medicine chests and vanities by folding linens neatly and storing bathroom supplies in lidded stackable containers or baskets.

13.  Hang fresh towels and place fresh bath mats near the shower.

14.  Have a fresh bar/ container of hand soap available for guest use.

15.  Place a tropical, moisture-loving plant on the vanity or bathroom shelf to add a spa-like feel.

Bedroom Staging Ideas

Bedroom Staging16.  Make sure there is adequate lighting in the bedroom.  Turn on bedside lamps and open window treatments to let in sunlight.

17.  Ample closet storage is a huge selling point. Remove half of your clothes and shoes, packing them away into storage for your impending move.  This will give the feeling of plentiful storage space in your closets.

18.  Place mirrors across from windows to give the illusion of a larger room and to reflect daylight.

19.  Make the sleeping space look very restful with peaceful design elements. A few extra pillows, neatly folded blanket and small bouquet of flowers bedside give a sense of tranquility.

20.  Add a headboard.  This can bring a focal point to the room and make it feel like a fancy hotel.

Basement Staging Ideas

Basement Staging21.  Make sure there is adequate lighting.  Basements are typically dark.  Having a powerful warm light overhead light will give a good first impression when buyers enter.  

22.  Declutter! Anything that you can move into storage in preparation for your move is preferable, especially things you know you won’t need for a few months.  

23.  Create organized storage.  Put your remaining basement items into labeled, stackable bins or in storage containers on shelving.

24.  Highlight potential uses.  If you have a corner of your basement that is used as a workshop, highlight that usage by installing a cork board.  If an area is finished and used as a game room, leave one or two large game features such as a foosball table, but make sure that all else is cleaned up and stored away.

25.  If there are areas that are more livable and less utilitarian, play up that livability by adding some design elements such as area rugs, lamps and a cozy seat.

Yard / Porch Staging Ideas

Front Porch Staging26.  Whether it is through paint or nature, adding color to your yard can make a world of difference.  Here is our blog post about curb appeal through color. 

27.  Add a fresh layer of mulch to all garden beds to make them create a strong contrast with the yard.

28.  Spruce up your mailbox area and make sure that your street numbers are well-displayed since it is literally the first thing potential buyers will see.

29.  Make sure that your porch is clutter-free and clear of debris.

30.  Make sure that your door handle and keyed entry are clean and very functional.  Things that buyers touch make lasting impressions.

A staging consultation is part of our seller services at Mosaic Realty.  We would love to help you determine how to get the most from the sale of your home!

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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