The Ultimate Staging Checklist

Plan Ahead

• Walk through each room and criticize the home from a buyer's perspective.

• Start at the Front Door and work your way throughout the home.

• Make all general repairs. Paint, Pressure Wash, and Clean.

• Hire a contractor to handle any major projects.

• Hold a yard sale. Sell, donate or trash anything you don't need.

Clean, Declutter and Depersonalize

• Thoroughly clean the entire home.

• Scrub tile in the kitchen and bathrooms.

• Clean hardwood floors.

• Steam clean carpets and drapes. Consider replacing carpet if stains are prominent.

• Get rid of all dust bunnies.

• Repair cracks and holes in the walls.

• Paint interior walls, if needed, with neutral colors, like beige, cream or light pastels: super pail blue, green and grey are very HOT right now. Pale blues and greens are good for bathrooms.

• Remove excess and oversized furniture.

• Rearrange furniture to maximize space.

• Organize room closets and store out-of-season clothes.

• Remove all small appliances, toys, magazines and organize pet items.

• Remove excess family photos (no more than 2/room), personal collections

Maximize Curb Appeal

• Paint the home's exterior, including trim, doors and shutters.

• Check front door, doorbell, address number and welcome mat.

• Power wash the siding and windows.

• Inspect the roof and make repairs as needed.

• Repair cracks in the driveway and sidewalks.

• Sweep the entryway and walkways.

• Mow, water and fertilize the lawn.

• Trim shrubs and trees and rake the leaves.

• Plant colorful flowers and shrubs.

• Store any toys or equipment lying on the yard.

• Clean up pet droppings.

• Clean the gutters and downspouts.

Pay Attention to Kitchens and Bathrooms

• Mop and wax/polish the floors.

• Clear the countertops.

• Replace outdated hardware.

• Clean appliances and fixtures.

• Clean and organize the pantry, cabinets and drawers.

• Replace old caulking around sinks and bathtubs.

• Remove stains from sinks, toilets and bathtubs.

• Keep all toilet seat lids closed.

• Hang fresh towels.

Preparing for a Showing

• Bake cookies or burn scented candles.

• Offer light refreshments. Bottled water i s great. Buyers will be thirsty after a day of looking and will linger in your home to enjoy a cool drink.

• Install higher wattage incandescent light bulbs to brighten rooms.

• Turn on all the lights.

• Lightly spray air freshener.

• Open curtains or blinds to let in natural light and show off views.

• Turn off TVs and Music.

• Relocate pets during showings.

• Refrain from smoking in the home at all times.

Extra Tips

• Remove rugs to show off hardwood floors.

• Pull back drapes to showcase nice views.

• Stage the front porch or deck with furniture and potted plants.

• Make sure fireplaces are in working condition.

• Clean the backyard and pool area.


• Fill out the Seller’s Disclosure Statement and Lead Based Paint Exhibit and give to your realtor to have on hand.

• Gather info about the HOA: dues, fees, assessments and contact person’s name and number.

• Look for a copy of the PLAT.

• Be prepared to provide any additional pertinent documentation: easement documentation, for example.