Staging Checklist . . . .

Remove all clutter from the house
  • Clear the counter tops of clutter and appliances. 
  • Remove unnecessary furniture throughout the house. This allows buyers to envision their own things in the home.
  • Remove the art gallery, cute sayings and coupon collection from the refrigerator.
  • Pack up most of the family pictures, they distract buyers from seeing what a wonderful home you have  
Check the bathrooms
  • Are they clean as a whistle? All surfaces should be clean and clear of mold or mildew?
  • Are shower curtains or doors clean and properly?  
  • Is the flooring clean and fresh?
  • Are towels neatly hung?
  • Is the fan working properly?  A dirty anemic fan won't impress buyers
  • Replace the light bulbs with new 60 watt equivalent LEDs.  
Check the walls
  • Is paint and wallpaper fresh and clean?
  • Are the walls free from holes?
  • Are there any colors or objects on the walls that need to be removed?
  • Are the baseboards and door frames clean?
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?
  • Are the screens torn?
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?
  • Are there pet smells?
  • Is there a smoker in the house?
  • Try changing your heater/ac filters.
  • 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 table and floor lamps to create ambient light
  • Turn on overhead lights in the kitchen
  • Turn on the radio to a classical music station, set the volume very low.