Create Great Curb Appeal

If buyers won’t get out of the car because they don’t like the exterior, you’ll never get them inside.

  • Keep the sidewalks cleared
  • Mow the lawn and trim the bushes
  • Paint faded window trim
  • Plant or pot colorful flowers in the summer
  • Make sure visitors can clearly see your house number
  • Remove snow in the winter

Showing Your Home

If the house looks comfortable, but not personal, you are almost done. 

  • Open drapes to let the sunshine in and turn on lights
  • Fresh flowers are a little luxury that make people feel good
  • Make sure the temperature is comfortable
  • Appeal to all the senses - Your home should smell fresh
  • Outdoor living spaces are becoming more important to people today, so add a few decorating touches

Make the House Shine

  • Wash windows inside and out
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks if necessary
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors
  • Vacuum regularly
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures
  • Clean dingy grout
  • Replace worn rugs
  • Hang up fresh towels
  • Replace that old shower curtain

De-Personalize: The number one rule in staging is to de-personalize. Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Heck, you’re moving anyway.

Rearrange Closets and Cabinets

Buyers may open closets, kitchen and medicine cabinets, so:

  • Organize pantry and cabinet contents
  • Reduce closet contents to half-full and organized
  • Neatly arrange clothing, shoes and shelf items
  • Put medicines and personal items out of sight

 De-Clutter: Almost every home shows better with less furniture!

  • Pare furnishings down to the bare essentials
  • Pack up those cute knickknacks
  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters
  • Remove personal items from bathroom counters 

Make Minor Repairs

  • Replace burned-out light bulbs
  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles
  • Patch holes in the walls
  • Fix leaky faucets and doors that don’t close properly
  • Consider painting the walls neutral colors