Staging Your Home Checklist

Our goal is to let your home make the best impression possible on each person who is searching for their dream home. We want to leave them the space to be inspired to envision their things in their new home—and at this moment they are trying your house on to see how it fits for them. (They are also comparing it to others.) 

We also want you to still be able to function in your home until they buy it. We can talk about ways that balance can most easily be achieved.

For starters, hide everything that might look like “clutter” to a potential buyer, no matter how functional it is to you. (I’m happy to help you find places that are out-of-sight, but not out of the country, so you can still access them. It’s my job to guide you through all of this—and I love my job.)

Check the kitchen:

  • Are countertops free and clear?
  • Reduce the art gallery on the refrigerator to a representative sampling. (Buyer’s can appreciate that interesting people have enjoyed living here; we just don’t want to overwhelm them.)
  • Are the appliances wiped down?

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?  (It’s nice to have some favorite pictures up, but remember, we want to leave room for our buyer to imagine their favorite pictures, too.)

Check the floors:

  • Is the carpet clean and free from stains?
  • Are hard surface floors clean and free from stains?

Check windows and window coverings:

  • Are all the windows clean?
  • Are draperies and blinds clean?

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.

How's the aroma?

  • Try to air out the home prior to showings.
  • If air freshener is necessary, use well before showings as a consideration to those with allergies.

Set the mood prior to showings:

  • Open draperies and blinds and turn on lights to show off all of the above.
  • 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.
    (And if you are really ambitious, cook a batch of cookies to have the warm, welcoming aroma permeating the home. And then let the potential buyers enjoy them.)

If you'd like to hear what some of the people I've helped have to say, click here.

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