Start spreading the word

Just because your home isn’t technically ready for showings yet doesn’t mean that you can’t start the process of letting people know it will be available. Some realtors will provide you with a “coming soon” sign that you can post up in your front yard, but even if yours doesn’t, you can take the initiative and start letting people know on your social channels.

Toss out, recycle, or donate what you don’t need anymore

You may not be ready to pack up and move yet, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting rid of stuff. Buyers want to be able to see themselves in homes when they go for a showing, and having a bunch of the previous owner’s things lying around can really mess with that vision.

Start staging

Staging is the art of designing your home to highlight its best features. And even if decorating isn’t your strong suit, it’s a part of the home selling process you can’t really ignore—49% of buyers’ agents state that home staging has a positive effect on how buyers view a home, according to the National Association of Realtors’ Staging Stats report, and 21% of buyers’ agents say it increases the value of a home and decreases the time it sits on the market.

Figure out a plan for kids and/or pets

If you have little ones at home, two-legged or four, make sure that you have a plan in place for when showings happen.

Set expectations with your realtor

The first couple of weeks that a home is listed for sale tend to be pretty busy in terms of market activity. Talk to your realtor now, in the week before you go live, about expectations you have about how things should go so that you know exactly what to anticipate.

Boost your curb appeal

In addition to staging inside your home, you also want to put some effort into making the exterior of your home look as inviting as possible. After all, while the saying may be not to judge a book by its cover, people often do. Trim your lawn, remove any weeds, and tidy up as necessary.

Find another place for personal items

A fundamental part of selling your home quickly and in as stress-free a manner as possible is depersonalizing it.

Deep clean

Part of the stress that comes with living in a for sale house is having to keep museum-levels of clean all of the time.