Having a well staged home is an important step in the buying/selling process as it influences how quickly your home is sold and also the price it fetches. A successful home staging process requires a good plan. Here are some of the steps that would give you excellent results.

Home Staging Basics:

Staging Your HomeRemove all family photos to create space and cut down on clutter. Potential buyers will want to imagine their own things in your home and by eliminating personal mementos you give them the ability to place themselves into those spaces.

Staging Your HomeCreate a welcoming smell in your home by using light scents to remove bad odors which may discourage potential buyers. Place candles around in strategic places like by the garbage in the kitchen, in bathrooms and entry ways. Lighting them before a showing can create an enticing environment when entering the home.

Staging Your HomeMake sure your windows are clean and functioning properly. Clean windows bring more light into your home and make smaller spaces look bigger.

Staging Your HomeRepair all broken items. Take the time to make the small repairs around your home that you have been lagging on. Look around your home and try to imagine it from the buyers perspective. Taking the time to repair holes in the wall, replace broken windows, put some WD-40 on squeaky doors and make any necessary general repairs.

Staging Your HomeCreate more space in your house by either rearranging your furniture or moving to other rooms.

Staging Your HomeKeep your floors and walls sparkling clean by vacuuming carpets and hard wood floors, scrubbing and cleaning tiles and grout all over your house.

Staging Your HomeTo eliminate lingering bad odors, empty your garbage daily.

Staging Your HomeRemove and store seasonal clothes from closets.

Staging Your HomeRent a storage space. Remove all visible storage boxes from closets and garage.

Staging Your HomeUse mirrors generously. A mirror at the end of a long hallway makes the home look bigger. A mirror opposite the bathroom vanity pushes walls back and makes small bathrooms appear bigger.

Individual Room Checklists

Bathrooms

Staging Your HomeWash the bathroom counters and clear any clutter. Place toothbrush(s), knickknacks, soap, razors and miscellaneous items in a drawer or cabinet.

Staging Your HomeLeave out a new bottle of hand soap or a clean bar of soap together with hand towel.

Staging Your HomeFolding towels in thirds on the rack gives a good impression. Purchase new towels if necessary.

Staging Your HomeLeave shower stalls and tubs empty save for the necessities.

Staging Your HomeAlways keep the toilet lid closed.

Staging Your HomeKeep garbage cans empty and cleaning supplies out of sight.

Staging Your HomeNo drips! Repair all plumbing, faucets, running toilets.

Staging Your HomeClean or repair/replace worn caulking around tubs, sinks, counter tops.

Staging Your HomeThe shower curtain should be clean or replaced with a new one.

Staging Your HomeAll cracking peeling areas should be repaired and moldy areas cleaned. If necessary repaint these areas.

Staging Your HomeMake your showers and tubs look sparkling clean and neat by giving them a fresh bead of silicone caulking at the edges.

Bedrooms

Staging Your HomeMake the beds daily and if necessary replace bedding. Arrange pillows nicely on top of bed and store any extra bedding, stuffed animals, etc

Staging Your HomeLeave nothing on night stands, dressers, etc.

Staging Your HomeRemove all clothes from the bedroom floors and keep any magazines, books or any other materials under the beds.

Staging Your HomeClose all closet doors. For walk-in closets, maintain clean floors and remove any laundry and clutter from the floor.

Staging Your HomeEnsure the closets’ doors open without creaking sounds. Also keep the closets neat by arranging items well. Purchase baskets or hanging organizers to help maintain a neat and clean space.

Den, Family room, Living room, Sun room

Staging Your HomeEnsure coffee tables and end tables are cleared and clean.

Staging Your HomeKeep ashtrays and pet bowls out of sight.

Dining room

Staging Your HomeOn the dining tables, leave only a center piece or other decorative items.

Staging Your HomeMake the room look bigger by removing extra table leaves and storing

Kitchen

Staging Your HomeMinimize all clutter and unnecessary items from counter tops and put in cabinets or drawers

Staging Your HomePurchase organizers for cabinets and drawers to create a cleaner look and help smaller spaces appear to have more room.

Staging Your HomeRemove and store all small kitchen appliances like toaster, blender, coffee maker

Staging Your HomeTake all pictures, magnets, drawings, etc off of the refrigerator and store.

Staging Your HomeFix any broken counters and grout any loose tiles.

Staging Your HomeEnsure the stove top and the oven are clean and replace any badly stained burner pans.

Staging Your HomeClean and empty the kitchen sink and counters.

Staging Your HomeRemove all soaps, sponges and supplies from the sink and keep them out of sight.

Staging Your HomeCheck that all the bulbs are working properly and replace with high wattage bulbs if more light is needed.

Outside the house

Staging Your HomeRepair any broken fences and repaint if necessary.

Staging Your HomePaint or stain your front door. You may also retouch the house with paint if it is painted.

Staging Your HomeCheck any broken panels and replace them.

Staging Your HomePickup and store any clutter in your lawn

Staging Your HomeRemove dead plants and weeds from your planting areas and trim your lawn.

Staging Your HomeCreate an inviting entrance by putting a mixed planter on either side of the front door

Staging Your HomeCreate curb appeal by keeping the lawn cut at all times and planting flowers in the front yard

Staging Your HomeSweep walkways clean and stain the decks.

Staging Your HomeCheck the roof for dry rot and moss in the gutters and clean regularly.

Staging Your HomeSweep and organize the garage so that it is neat.

Staging Your HomeDecorate the patio or deck with flowers and arrange patio furniture into a warm inviting living space.

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