How to Adequately Stage Your Home for Resale

1. Plan Ahead

  • Walk through each room and criticize the home from a buyer’s perspective.
  • Consider getting a professional home inspection to see if any repairs are needed.
  • Hire a contractor to handle any major projects.
  • Consider getting an appraisal to find out your current market value.
  • Hold a yard sale. Sell, donate or trash anything you don’t need.

2. Clean, De-clutter and De-personalize

  • Thoroughly clean the entire home including scrubbing the tile in the kitchen and bathrooms and clean hardwood floors, clean carpets, and drapes.
  • Repair cracks and holes in the walls.
  • Remove excess and oversized furniture to maximize space.
  • Organize room closets and store out-of-season clothes.
  • Remove all small appliances, toys, magazines and pet items.
  • Remove family photos, personal collections and medications.
  • Remove items from the garage and store them off site.

3. Maximize Curb Appeal

  • Power wash the siding and windows.
  • Sweep the entryway and walkways.
  • Mow, water and fertilize the lawn and plant colorful flowers and shrubs.

4. Appeal to the Senses

  • Bake cookies or burn scented candles.
  • Install higher wattage incandescent light bulbs to brighten rooms.
  • Turn on all the lights.
  • Open windows to let in fresh air.
  • Open curtains or blinds to let in natural light and show off views.

5. Show Off Your Home’s Best Features

  • 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.

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