How you live in a home and how it should be presented for sale are very different. Prospective buyers need to be able to see themselves living in your home. To create this environment, most homes need to be de-cluttered, cleaned, and staged. Some homes need to be refreshed with paint, new carpeting, and refinished floors, while others benefit from more major updates. It's all about Return on Investment. If a prospective seller invests $40,000 it can mean an increase in their sale price of $200,000 or more. I've done it many times and I can tell you how these changes might impact your home sale.