Staging Your Home Checklist

  • Remove all the clutter you've been saving.
    • Are countertops free and clear?
    • Have you removed unnecessary furniture throughout the house?
    • Have you removed any fixtures you don't intend to convey with the home?
    • Remove the art gallery and coupon collection from the refrigerator.
    • Be sure to hide or remove any valuables and medication!
  • Check the bathrooms.
    • Are the surfaces clean and clear?
    • Are shower curtains and doors hung properly?
    • Is the flooring clean and fresh?
    • Are towels neatly hung?
  • Check the walls.
    • Is paint and wallpaper fresh and clean?
    • Are the walls free from holes?
    • Are there any colors or objects on the walls that need to be removed?
  • Check the floors.
    • Is the carpet clean and free from stains? 
    • Are hard surface floors clean and free from stains, dirt or dust bunnies?
    • If not consider having a professional service steam clean floors before listing your home
  • Check windows and window coverings.
    • Are all the windows clean?
    • Are draperies and blinds clean?
    • Do the windows and doors open freely?
  • Pet check.
    • Are there any signs that this is a pet's home? Be sure to clean and remove kitty litter, pet toys and bedding.
    • You might want to put an air freshener in the pet area. It may smell clean to you but not necessarily to a prospective buyer.
  • How's the aroma?
    • Try to air out the home prior to showing
    • If air freshener is necessary, use well before showings as a consideration to those with allergies.
    • If smoke or cooking odors seem to linger, try purchasing an electronic air freshener with built-in ionizer to create a "fresh-air" scent. This one-time expense can make a big difference in how fast your home sells.
  • Set the mood prior to showings.
    • Open draperies and blinds.
    • Turn on ALL the lights to make your home bright and cheery.
    • Turn on the radio to a classical music station, set the volume on low.
    • If you have time, cook a batch of cookies to have the warm, welcoming aroma permeating the home.

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