For Sale: What Your House Needs Before Going On the Market
Home Ideas by JustMy | April 16, 2021
Putting your home up for sale can be a tricky process. Here are a few things you should do before you start inviting buyers to come in and peruse.

Selling your house can be a process that really takes a lot out of you. It’s a complicated dance that most people have to go through at least once in their lives. You need the house to look perfect to ensure you get the most money out of it as possible before you head to your new place. We’re going to look at what your house needs before going on the market to make the entire process a little bit easier.

Proper Inspections

Before you can move on to the more aesthetic parts of selling your house, you’ll want to complete all the proper inspections. Especially pertinent nowadays are environmental inspections that survey the ground, water, and foliage around your property. You could skip this inspection since they aren’t technically required, but not doing one can lead to serious consequences that you may have to pay for in the future. Not disclosing an issue with your house can lead to legal action from the new owners once you leave.

More Light

Nothing is more inviting to a prospective buyer than a well-lit room. Having the right amount of light can make or break your sale. Getting a lot of natural light is the best thing you can do, but barring that, you can always buy a few lamps with daylight bulbs in them. Having more light gives the sense that a space is bigger than it truly is and generally just makes the place feel less claustrophobic.

Clean and Declutter

Everything in your house should be clean and ready to go before buyers arrive. A dirty home isn’t one that buyers will be interested in. You’ll also want to declutter your space as much as possible. Having too many things on display can make your space look smaller than it is, and nobody wants to see a bunch of junk in a home they might buy. It takes a lot of moxie to clean your entire house at once, so don’t be afraid to call in some extra help if needed.


Staging your home can have a profound difference in the final sale price. Staging can include:

  • Painting the walls a neutral color
  • Deep cleaning the carpeting
  • Using mirrors to make spaces look larger
  • Borrowing nicer furniture from someone you know

These small changes can tip the scales in your favor when it comes time to negotiate. They may seem like they have tiny effects, but together, they add up to a lot.


Buyers don’t want to see touches of your personality in the home. Therefore, one thing your house really needs before going on the market is a minimalist makeover. You want the canvas to be as blank as possible so buyers can start to imagine how they would set things up. Remove family pictures, art pieces, and other tchotchkes from view during showings. It will help potential buyers picture themselves living there more easily.

Let's #BeAmazing Together

Team up with JustMy to help 100,000 businesses and non-profits get back on their feet after the impact of Covid-19 and the resulting recession.

The Campaign to Help
Our Goal, Help 100,000 Businesses & Non Profits
Become a Community Partner
You can be a Sponsor in Your Community helping locals get back on their feet.
Likes = Help
You can Help Your Community with Your Free Subscription to JustMy

NewsStand Partner | Article

LoveBIG, LiveBig - Jennifer J Hayes
By LoveBIG, LiveBig - Jennifer J Hayes Never Give Up On Love Death, divorce, and failed relationships are extremely difficult to recover from, and it’s understandable why so many people are tempted to give up on the possibility of finding happiness again.

NewsStand Partner | Article

The Fun Crew
By The Fun Crew JustMy Kicks off help for Direct Sales People around the Country The #FunCrew of #JustMy is using the introduction of myCARD to help business owners and nonprofit organizations around the country! The team is kicking things off with a special version of myCARD for Younique Direct Sales members

NewsStand Partner | Article

By Styleblueprint What Is A Micro Wedding? | Brides are realizing the upsides of the 50-person wedding. We dive into the world of micro weddings and glean some insight from experts.

NewsStand Partner | Article

By Styleblueprint A Simple, Southern Wedding You Need to See Despite some COVID curveballs, this Memphis-grown couple pulled off a classic Southern wedding at the Cadre Building, complete with a live-streamed ceremony, build-your-own-biscuit boxes, and cones of white rose petals.

NewsStand Partner | Article

By Styleblueprint How to Make Your Marriage Last: Wedding Lessons From 4 Southern Brides | StyleBlueprint Three Southern brides — married between 1962 and 2018 — dish on their love stories, weddings and relationships. Here are fresh and loving marriage lessons.

NewsStand Partner | Article

By Styleblueprint The Dreamiest Small Wedding Ever (in Italy, of course!) StyleBlueprint staffer Lacy Green shares her gorgeous destination wedding in Italy, leaving us to dream about fabulous local fare and scenic ocean views.