Home Prep & Staging Checklist

Resources | Written by Chris Lavoie

You love your home. You want the next owner to fall in love with it, too. But, perhaps most of all, you want to get the price you want. Selling a home requires a lot of hard work, but this hard work can pay off in a big way. 

Home preparation and staging can be a powerful selling tool. It presents your house in a flattering way and helps you list at a competitive price. In a recent study, the National Association of Realtors found that: 

  • 77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. 
  • 39% of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market. This means you could be moving into your new house sooner.
  • 21% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases its dollar value between 6% and 10%. Simply put, that may lead to more money in your pocket.

Tackling these tasks will make your house swoon-worthy in no time.

OUTSIDE: 

  • Pull weeds/clean up any flowerbeds 
  • Trim hedges 
  • Add some seasonal potted flowers near door and in flower beds 
  • Clean up yard of any toys, debris, tools, etc. 
  • Touch up paint if needed 
  • Replace any exterior light bulbs
  • Clean windows 

LIVING AREAS: 

  • Touch up paint if needed 
  • Remove family photos/pictures and personal memorabilia 
  • Reposition any furniture that may be cluttering a room or making it difficult to move freely 
  • Replace any light bulbs 
  • Pack away papers and mail 
  • Store away small knick-knacks, toys, or collections in bins or baskets 
  • Make sure curtains are open during pictures/showings to let the natural light in.

KITCHEN/DINING: 

  • Clear fridge of any magnets, pictures, papers, etc. 
  • Clear counters of anything not used daily or frequently 
  • Clean counters, sink, and appliances 

BEDROOMS: 

  • Remove family photos/pictures and personal memorabilia 
  • Make beds 
  • Clean, dust, vacuum 
  • Make sure curtains are open during pictures/showings 

BATHROOM(s): 

  • Tuck away any personal items/toiletries during pictures/showings 
  • Clean counters, sink, tub, floor 

BASEMENT: 

  • Run dehumidifier frequently if needed 
  • Make sure basement is easily viewed and remove or reposition any furniture or storage items that may be cluttering the basement or making it difficult to move about 

BEFORE SHOWINGS/OPEN HOUSES: 

  • Dust/Vacuum 
  • Make Beds 
  • Clean and clear counters in kitchen/bath(s) 
  • Open curtains 
  • Turn on lights 
Posted by Chris Lavoie

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