Sage Advice - Preparing Your Home for Staging

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Clean, Declutter, Depersonalize
  • Walk through each room and try to visualize the space from a buyer's perspective.

  • Sell, donate or discard anything you don’t need.

  • Thoroughly clean the entire home.

  • Steam clean carpets and drapes.  Consider a carpet care professional.

  • Get rid of all dust bunnies.  Don’t forget to look up and include light fixtures.

  • Repair cracks and holes in the walls.

  • Paint interior walls with neutral colors if necessary.

  • Remove excess and oversized furniture.

  • Rearrange furniture to maximize space and enhance flow.

  • Organize room closets and pack up and store out of season clothing.

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

  • Remove family photos, personal collections and medications.

  • Secure valuables.

Appeal to the Senses
  • Install higher wattage incandescent light bulbs.

  • Open windows to let in fresh air if seasonally appropriate.

  • Turn on lights and open curtains or blinds to let in natural light and show off views.

  • Turn off TVs.

  • Relocate pets.

  • Refrain from smoking in the home.

Highlight Your Home's Best Features
  • Remove rugs to show off nice flooring.

  • 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

Curb Appeal
  • Paint the exterior, including trim, doors, shutters if necessary.

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

  • Power wash the siding and windows, if necessary.

  • Sweep the entryway and walkways.

  • Mow, water and trim the edges of the lawn.

  • Plant colorful flowers and shrubs.

  • Store toys and equipment out of the yard.

  • Clean up pet droppings.

  • Clean the gutters and downspouts, if necessary.