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:
- Remove 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.
- Create 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.
- Make sure your windows are clean and functioning properly. Clean windows bring more light into your home and make smaller spaces look bigger.
- Repair 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.
- Create more space in your house by either rearranging your furniture or moving to other rooms.
- Keep your floors and walls sparkling clean by vacuuming carpets and hard wood floors, scrubbing and cleaning tiles and grout all over your house.
- To eliminate lingering bad odors, empty your garbage daily.
- Remove and store seasonal clothes from closets.
- Rent a storage space. Remove all visible storage boxes from closets and garage.
- Use 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
Home Staging Your Bathrooms
- Wash the bathroom counters and clear any clutter. Place toothbrush(s), knickknacks, soap, razors and miscellaneous items in a drawer or cabinet.
- Leave out a new bottle of hand soap or a clean bar of soap together with hand towel.
- Folding towels in thirds on the rack gives a good impression. Purchase new towels if necessary.
- Leave shower stalls and tubs empty save for the necessities.
- Always keep the toilet lid closed.
- Keep garbage cans empty and cleaning supplies out of sight.
- No drips! Repair all plumbing, faucets, running toilets.
- Clean or repair/replace worn caulking around tubs, sinks, counter tops.
- The shower curtain should be clean or replaced with a new one.
- All cracking/peeling areas should be repaired and moldy areas cleaned. If necessary repaint these areas.
- Make your showers and tubs look sparkling clean and neat by giving them a fresh bead of silicone caulking at the edges.
Home Staging Your Bedrooms
- Make the beds daily and if necessary replace beddings. Arrange pillows nicely on top of bed and store any extra bedding, stuffed animals, etc.
- Leave nothing on night stands, dressers, etc.
- Remove all clothes from the bedroom floors and keep any magazines, books or any other materials under the beds.
- Close all closet doors. For walk-in closets, maintain clean floors and remove any laundry and clutter from the floor.
- Ensure 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.
Home Staging your Den, Family room, Living room, Sun room
- Ensure coffee tables and end tables are cleared and clean.
- Keep ashtrays and pet bowls out of sight.
Home Staging your Dining Room
- On the dining tables, leave only a center piece or other decorative items.
- Make the room look bigger by removing extra table leaves and storing.
Home Staging your Kitchen
- Minimize all clutter and unnecessary items from countertops and put in cabinets or drawers
- Purchase organizers for cabinets and drawers to create a cleaner look and help smaller spaces appear to have more room.
- Remove and store all small kitchen appliances like toaster, blender, coffee maker.
- Take all pictures, magnets, drawings, etc off of the refrigerator and store.
- Fix any broken counters and grout any loose tiles.
- Ensure the stovetop and the oven are clean and replace any badly stained burner pans.
- Clean and empty the kitchen sink and counters.
- Remove all soaps, sponges and supplies from the sink and keep them out of sight.
- Check that all the bulbs are working properly and replace with high wattage bulbs if more light is needed.
Home Staging the Outside of your House (Curb Appeal)
- Repair any broken fences and repaint if necessary.
- Paint or stain your front door. You may also retouch the house with paint if it is painted.
- Check any broken panels and replace them.
- Pickup and store any clutter in your lawn
- Remove dead plants and weeds from your planting areas and trim your lawn.
- Create an inviting entrance by putting a mixed planter on either side of the front door
- Create curb appeal by keeping the lawn cut at all times and planting flowers in the front yard
- Sweep walkways clean and stain the decks.
- Check the roof for dry rot and moss in the gutters and clean regularly.
- Sweep and organize the garage so that it is neat.
- Decorate the patio or deck with flowers and arrange patio furniture into a warm inviting living space.