1. Assess and stage where it counts

Three Room to focus on living room, master bedroom, and kitchen. Depersonalize the Space.

a. Remove personal photos, including anything hanging on your refrigerator

b. Clothes stored away and out of sight

c. Clear bathroom countertops of personal items

d. Remove anything overtly religious

e. Remove mounts


2. Depersonalize the Space.

Want the buyer to see it as their homepersonal photos, anything that’s hanging on your fridge. Keep clothes stored away and out of sightclear bathroom counters of personal items, like toothbrushes and contact solution.

3. Get Rid of Clutter.

Clutter takes up space, and space is what sells.

  1. un-seasonal clothes (no need to crowd your front hall closet with winter coats in the summer),
  2. random persona items, papers, games, and pretty much anything else that you don’t need on a day to day basis. Buyers will be opening your closets to look at their storage potential.

4. Deep Clean.

Pride of Ownership. cleaning the inside of your refrigerator or regularly dusting your window blinds, now is the time to tackle them. Windows 

5. Patch & Repair

Home staging is a good time to tackle the tiny nicks, scratches, holes, and other impurities that signal neglect to buyers. Start with:

  • A foam eraser pad and go room to room removing any scuffs from walls
  • spackle and caulk as necessary.
  • Paint touchups.
  • Take the time to walk through each room in your house and make any minor fixes you can find, such as quieting squeaky doors, filling nicks and holes, installing new switch plates, touching up paint, swapping in high wattage light bulbs, and cleaning carpets and drapes. Pay special attention in the kitchen and bathrooms to: replace discolored grout; sanitize and deodorize drains; and clean fixtures.

6. Go Neutral

This staging tip is a bit more time and cost intensive, but it can make a major difference when it comes to your sale price and time on the market. Neutralize wall colors and décor.

7. Rearrange Furniture.

You want there to be as much open, walkable space as possible. This helps buyers navigate the space, and also helps them better visualize their own furniture in each room. 

a. Put extraneous furniture in storage to get it out of the way, focusing on getting rid of any oversized pieces, damaged pieces, and those that that don’t match the rest of the room. With the furniture that’s left, rearrange it to make the room look and feel as spacious as possible.

b. Rearrange your furniture to create open pathways and cozy living areas. The right furniture layout can give the appearance of more space and bring attention to any unique features in the house. You want the buyer to feel invited into the space and rearranging furniture to open up the room can be a successful way to do so.

8. Make a good first Impression.

First 10 Seconds: Curb Appeal 

Landscaping. Front Door. Entry. 

9. Focus on Fresh. 

While too many extraneous items in a home can detract from its perceived value, freshness is key: 

a. Fresh Plants/Flowers.
b. Odors
c. cooking
d. air fresheners – keep light and natural. Buyers think there is an issue if heavy.

10. Light

a. Open the blinds on all of the windows, which in addition to letting in more light will also make rooms seem bigger.
(If your yard needs a bit of work or the window opens to an unattractive view, keep blinds down but open the slats to get a similar effect without showcasing any problem areas.)

b. Turn on all the lights in your house for showings, including lamps and closet lights. 

1. This well help make your home more welcoming, and also
2. saves buyers from having to stumble around figuring out which switches turn on which lights. 

c. Remove oversized furniture, paint over dark wood paneling