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Staging Checklist

Remove all clutter from the house.

  • Are countertops free and clear?
  • Have you removed unnecessary furniture throughout the house?
  • Remove the art gallery and coupon collection from the refrigerator.

Check the bathrooms.

  • Are the surfaces clean and clear?
  • Are shower curtains and doors hung properly?
  • Are the toilets clean?
  • Is the flooring clean and fresh?
  • Are towels neatly hung?

Check the walls.

  • Is paint and wallpaper fresh and clean?
  • Are the walls free from holes?
  • Are there any objects on the walls that need to be removed?

Check the floors.

  • Is the carpet clean and free from stains?
  • Are hard surface floors clean and free from stains?

Check windows and window coverings.

  • Are all the windows clean?
  • Are draperies and blinds clean?

Pet check.

  • Are there any signs that this is a pet's home? Be sure to clean and remove kitty litter, pet toys and bedding.

How's the aroma?

  • Try to air out the home prior to showings.
  • If air freshener is necessary, use well before showings as a consideration to those with allergies.

Set the mood prior to showings.

  • Open draperies and blinds.
  • Turn on the radio to a classical music station, set the volume on low.
  • If you have time, cook a batch of cookies to have the warm, welcoming aroma permeating the home.
  • Turn on ALL lights in the home.

The Kitchen

Many experts recommend that you focus on the kitchen first when preparing your home for sale. For many potential buyers, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. Since the kitchen has the power to make or break an offer, you should do everything you can to enhance it before showing your home to buyers. And, most experts agree that next to painting, improvements in the kitchen are the most profitable. Remember though, money you spend here is a cost of selling, you don't want to do a full remodel, but rather take some affordable steps to show what you have in the best possible light.

Start by creating space. You want the kitchen to look large, light and roomy. Clear the counters of all clutter. Take everything you can out of drawers and shelves and move it to storage. You can almost count on buyers opening your drawers and shelves when they come to see your home. What you want them to see is space, and plenty of it, not your old pots and pans.

Consider paint. Paint is always the most profitable improvement. A fresh coat of light, neutral color paint on your kitchen walls will make them look spotless and new which is exactly the look you want.

Pay particular attention to the sink. It should be absolutely free of stains and of course there should be no leaks or drips! If your faucet looks old and dated, consider replacing it with a new one, it will go a long way towards improving the look of the whole kitchen, for very little money.

If your counter tops are looking old and tired, you should consider new ones. Remember to stick with neutral colors though.

Freshen up the cabinets. Replacing the cabinets is expensive and probably doesn't make sense. However, you can paint them, or put new, modern looking pulls on them for very little money and give them a fresh look. In short, buyers will be quick to notice any shortcomings in your kitchen. So you want to do everything you reasonably can to freshen up your kitchen and give it a new open large look.