Home staging checklist


PODS’ Home Staging Checklist

Staging your home is an important step when listing your home and can be a key factor in how quickly and for what price your home sells for. Establishing a plan of action for staging your home is a crucial part of the selling process.

The following checklist will help you create your plan:

General Checklist:

  • Reduce the number of family photos throughout your home.
  • Use scented items to create an inviting smell in your home. Bad odours can deter some buyers.
  • Clean all windows inside and out, ensuring they are functioning properly. If during the winter months, cleaning the inside of the windows should be sufficient.
  • Repair broken items in your house (doors, cracks, etc.). In most cases buyers will ask for broken items to be repaired.
  • Rearrange furniture or move furniture room to room to create more space and open area.
  • Vacuum all carpet and hard wood floors.
  • Scrub and clean tile and grout throughout your house.
  • Empty the garbage daily to reduce odours.
  • Repair all holes in walls.

Inside Home:


  • Clean all surfaces. Put toiletries in drawers or cabinets.
  • Place a single bottle of hand soap or a clean bar of soap on the sink, together with a hand towel.
  • Fold in thirds on towel racks daily. Purchase new towels if you needed.
  • Clear all items out of shower stalls and tubs except for necessities.
  • Keep toilet lids closed.
  • Place garbage can and cleaning supplies out of sight.
  • Clean the shower curtain, or replace if needed.
  • Repair any cracking or peeling areas and clean any mouldy areas. Paint if needed.
  • Give your shower and tub a fresh bead of silicone caulking around the edges to make them look neat and clean.


  • Make beds daily and replace bedding if needed.
  • Clear off night stands, dressers, etc.
  • Pick up all clothes off the floor.
  • Store extra books, magazines, or miscellaneous items underneath the bed.
  • Keep closet doors closed. If you have a walk-in closet keep the floor clean and free of laundry and clutter.


  • Make sure the doors open easily. Fix any creaking sounds.
  • Organize items to create a tidier closet.
  • Minimize the amount of items in closet.

Den, Family Room, Living Room, Sun Room:

  • Clear off all coffee tables and end tables.
  • Remove all ashtrays.
  • Move pet food bowls out of sight.

Dining Room:

  • Clear off dining table, leave only a centrepiece or other decorative item.
  • Remove additional leaves from tables to make the room look bigger.


  • Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops.
  • Remove all pictures, magnets, drawings, messages, etc. from the refrigerator.
  • Repair or replace broken tiles.
  • Clean the stovetop and oven. Replace burner pans if they are badly stained.
  • Keep the kitchen sink clean and empty.
  • Store all soaps, sponges, and supplies out of sight and under the sink.
  • Make sure all cabinets appear spacious and well organized.

Laundry Rooms:

  • Keep counters and sink clean and empty.
  • Make sure that light bulbs are working; replace with higher wattage bulbs to create more light if needed.
  • Put soaps, towels, etc. in cupboards.

Outside Home:

  • Remove all garbage cans, wood scraps, extra building materials, etc.


  • Repair broken fences and paint if necessary.

Front Door:

  • Stain or paint your front door. Fix any dings or dents.

House Paint/Paneling:

  • Spray down your panels or painted surfaces with a mixture of soap and water to help clean off any dirt or residue.
  • Touch up or repaint walls if necessary.
  • Replace any broken panels.


  • Remove any dead plants and weed all garden areas.
  • Keep your lawn freshly cut and edged.
  • Prune bushes and trees.

Patios and Decks:

  • Sweep all walkways and patios or decks.
  • Decks should be cleaned, stained or painted if needed.


  • Check gutters and roof for dry rot and moss. Be sure to clean the gutters on a regular basis.


  • Sweep out and organize. Keep storage in garage neat.
  • Arrange tools and place into tool chests or containers.
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