Staging Your Home For Showing

  • Put on soft music.
  • Put out fresh flowers.
  • Set the dining room table.
  • Lay out a new welcome mat.
  • Repair masonry and caulking.
  • Remove cars from your driveway.
  • Make beds with attractive spreads.
  • Have clean towels in the bathrooms.
  • Tidy up the grounds—porches, garage, etc.
  • Put the garbage cans and recycling bins out of sight.
  • Recaulk around bathtubs, sinks, toilets, and showers.
  • Wash dishes, put away clothes, straighten up newspapers, etc.
  • Repair shutters, gutters, down spouts, and other exterior trim.
  • Clean your garage and make sure outlets are in working condition.
  • Bathrooms and kitchens help sell homes. Make these rooms sparkle!
  • Clean all the windows, both inside and out, as well as the blinds and draperies.
  • Paint your mailbox, if necessary, and replace screens or windows in storm doors.
  • Paint hallways and rooms that appear worn, replace badly worn carpeting and damaged tiles.
  • Keep the lawn trimmed and edged. Make sure that your yard is clean and your shrubs are trimmed.
  • Repair or replace any loose knobs, sticking doors, windows, dripping faucets, ventilating fans, and other small items.
  • Remove those items from counters that you’re not using all the time. The counters become bigger, cleaner, and look nicer to potential buyers.
  • Buyers want to concentrate on the features of your home. Keep pets at a distance and avoid having any people present during the inspection so the buyer can better visualize your home as their own.
  • Don’t forget to have lights on where possible .
  • Illuminations are like a welcome sign; the potential buyer will feel glowing warmth when you turn on all your lights, especially for an evening inspection.
  • You want the buyer’s tour of your home to be a pleasant experience, both exciting and productive. It’s those little things you do, or don’t do, that can promote your home to a “Sold” home, rather than a “For Sale” home.
  • REMEMBER: Your front door gives a vital first impression while a prospect waits for you to answer the bell. Be sure it is scrubbed clean or painted, and the doorbell is in working condition.
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