The Ultimate Staging Checklist
• 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• Replace outdated hardware.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.
• 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.