There's a precise order that goes into prepping your house for a sale. First, you thoroughly clean and stage—yes, well before any visitor drops by—in order to photograph for your listing. Then, you tie up any loose ends with maintenance and inspections. Finally, when you're ready to open your doors to prospective buyersand not a second sooner, you publish your official listing. While you may want to share those high-quality interior images immediately, the most interest will occur in the first couple of weeks after your house is listed, and you don't want to miss out on any interested buyers because you have a bit of work left to finish up.