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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove all garbage cans, wood scraps, extra building materials, etc.
- Repair broken fences and paint if necessary.
- Stain or paint your front door. Fix any dings or dents.
- 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.