Home Staging Checklist

Dated: 10/12/2018

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As benign as it may seem, a cluttered home can keep you from selling your home for what it's truly worth. Whoever sees your home needs to see it in it’s best possible condition either through an open house or through photography or video that showcases your home. The buyer is able to better visualize themselves in what could be their new home if there is less stuff out in the open. We know that there are several other things that you are thinking about when selling, but it has to be treated like it’s an important step. Especially if you’re wanting to sell it for what it is truly worth.

Here are some basic staging steps that will make a huge difference in selling your home!

1. Declutter - We're not saying that you have a messy home (please don't think that!). The less stuff that you have out can create a more photogenic environment. Start by removing anything out in the open that you don't want to be photographed. This can include a lot of small things such as tv remotes, food/water bowls for pets, toys, paper and sticky notes, etc. Larger items such as workout equipment or furniture can be considered if it's taking up a lot of space in a room that serves a separate purpose. 

2. Cleaning - It’s super important that you’re home going on the market is kept tidy and clean. This includes mopping up wood floors, vacuuming the carpet, scrubbing out stains, dusting furniture and appliances, spraying and wiping windows, and painting the walls if there are any scratches or nicks.

If you really want to impress, power washing the driveway, sidings, and other walkways would be huge. Do some landscaping such as mowing the lawn, placing flowers or greenery outside (and inside), wash your front windows, and repainting/staining the front porch if it needs it.

3. Styling - This is kind of going the extra mile, but it seriously will make a great impact on the value of your home on the market. The main rooms to consider styling would be your kitchen, dining room, living room, and your master bedroom. Ways to style a room would include considering the position of the furniture and decorations. Add items such as placemats or a bowl of fruit as a center piece for the dining room table. Also, take a good look at your floor. Would a rug look good there or a potted plant? These are the kind of questions that you should be asking yourself!

Below is a general checklist that you can go by to keep track of your staging!

General Stuff

  1. Paint the walls with neutral to light colors (light beige or white)

  2. Consider painting bathrooms a pale blue or pale green color (always looks good in photos)

  3. Declutter all surfaces and floors

  4. Clean and dust all furniture

  5. Dust your ceiling fans

  6. Consider removing rugs if you have hardwood floors to show them off

  7. Vacuum or mop depending on if you have hardwood or carpeted floors (or tile for bathrooms and kitchens)

  8. Clean all windows

  9. Remove all family photos

  10. Replace all dead lightbulbs (Consider higher wattage bulbs for dimly lit rooms)

  11. Have all curtains pulled back and blinds up to allow natural light to come in

  12. Turn on all lights for photos and open house

  13. Have all TVs turned off for photos and open house

  14. Relocate all pets for photos and open house

Living Room

  1. Rearrange furniture for maximum space

  2. Consider adding a rug under a coffee table

  3. Consider adding a potted plant in the corner or next to the couch

  4. Reduce number of pillows to two per couch

  5. Add a few magazines on coffee table

  6. Hide any tv, phone, internet, or any other cables as best you can. Consider completely unplugging them and putting them away if that option is simpler for you.

Kitchen

  1. Replace or remove outdated appliances

  2. Wipe down all cabinets (inside and out)

  3. Clean under stovetop and burners

  4. Clean any glass surfaces (microwave, oven, etc.)

  5. Remove any stains on countertops, sink, oven, refrigerator, and other appliances

  6. Remove all magnets from the refrigerator

  7. Add a bowl of fruit or a decorative piece on the bar

Dining Room

  1. Add a table runner or place mats on the table

  2. Set out nice plates and silverware along with a center piece (such as a small vase of flowers)

  3. Avoid over staging and fitting too many chairs for the table

  4. Replace family photos on the walls with nice, decorative art or photography 

Master Bedroom

  1. Rearrange furniture for maximum space

  2. Clean and tidy the bed 

  3. Remove excess amount of pillows

  4. Hide any tv, phone, internet, or any other cables as best you can. Consider completely unplugging them and putting them away if that option is simpler for you.

  5. Place and arrange books on nightstand

Bathrooms

  1. Clear the countertops

  2. Replace the caulking around the sinks and bath tubs

  3. Scrub and clean the toilets and bathtub

  4. Keep all toilet seats closed

  5. Hang fresh towels

Outside

  1. Sidewalk Sweep

  2. Deck/Porch/Patio Sweep

  3. Reduce Clutter on Deck/Porch/Patio

  4. Add furniture or plant decorations if the space provides it

  5. Power wash driveway, sides, walkways, etc.

  6. Mow Lawn

  7. Clean all debris from gutters

  8. Trim overgrown bushes and plants

  9. Place blooming flowers or greenery around porch

  10. Remove/Replace dying plants


Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, and we know that your time is valuable, but scheduling in the time and putting in the effort can make a huge difference in getting your home sold!


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Joshua Meeks

Joshua is the founder and Listing Specialist on the PNW team. His passion is to raise the standard of excellence in the real estate industry. He has a vision it create opportunity for homeowners and r....

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