Staging your Home for Sale

Now that you have made the decision to place your home on the market, I suggest these helpful hints to get your home sold for the most money possible!

The Exterior

  • Lawn – yard should be neatly manicured, mowed, and edged
  • Trees/Shrubs – should be pruned and shaped to compliment property
  • Flowers – Consider adding colorful, seasonal flowers to the landscape
  • Sidewalks/Driveways – should be powerwashed and swept to remove stains, dirt, and debris
  • Painting – check for any needed maintenance, just as a buyer would. Repaint or touch up as necessary. The exterior is the buyers first impression of the home!
  • Roof/Gutters – check for loose or missing shingles. Clean out gutters and down spouts. Touch up peeling paint if any.
  • Screens – Wash screens and replace any that are torn or missing.

The Interior

  • Atmosphere – Place yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Keep color, lighting, and smell in mind throughout the home.
  • Smell – A clean smelling home creates a positive image in the mind of a buyer. Be aware of any odors from cooking, cigarettes, pets, etc that may have an adverse affect on the buyer.
  • Color – Be cautious when selecting colors for paint and carpet. Too bold might turn off buyers. Stay with neutral colors- let the new home owner choose their color scheme.
  • Lighting – Take advantage of natural light as much as possible by cleaning windows, opening shades and drapes, etc. Turn on lamps and lights where necessary to give the home the best showing possible. Be sure all fixtures are clean and have good bulbs.
  • Walls/Floors – clean any dirty walls, repaint if possible with neutral colors. Clean all carpet and area rugs, polish vinyl, tile and wooden floors, or consider refinishing wood floors if necessary.
  • Closets – empty closets of off-season clothing and pack for the move. Organize them to demonstrate the most efficient use of space. Leave as few items on the floor or shelves as possible. The goal is to make the closet appear as large as possible to the potential buyer.
  • Furniture – Arrange furniture to give the rooms a spacious feeling. Consider moving furniture from rooms that are too crowded and avoid clutter. Pack up knick-knacks to give a more spacious feel, but leave enough to give the home a personal touch.
  • Bedrooms – make sure beds are made, personal items are put away, and any children’s toys are neatly organized and out of the way.
  • Bathrooms – Cleanliness is key! Make sure all surfaces are spotless and remove non-skid decals in poor condition. Replace worn or dirty shower curtains with new. Clean and repair caulking, store all personal care products out of sight, repair leaking faucets or toilets. Add a plant for color and freshness!
  • Fireplace – Clean and sweep! Place a few logs on the grate to create an attractive appearance, or have a fire burning during a showing to create a great atmosphere.
  • Dining Room – Consider adding fresh flowers or an attractive arrangement to the table to brighten up the room.
  • Kitchen – One of the most important rooms, so avoid all clutter! Store small appliances to maximize the appearance of work space. Clean and organize all storage space. Make sure all sinks, cabinets, appliances, and countertops are clean and spotless.
  • Garage – Sweep and wash the floor to remove dirt and stains. Organize tools, garden equipment, bicycles, etc.