Staging Your Home Checklist
Be sure to follow the Curb Appeal Checklist to move your prospective buyers from outside to inside.

  • Remove all clutter from the house.
    • Are countertops free and clear?
    • Have you removed unnecessary furniture throughout the house?
    • Remove the art gallery and coupon collection from the refrigerator and dish towels as well.
  • Check the bathrooms.
    • Are the surfaces clean and clear?
    • Are shower curtains and doors hung properly?
    • Is the flooring clean and fresh?
    • Are towels neatly hung?
  • 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?
  • 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?
    • Do you have rooms with a view?  Be sure to keep drapes open.
  • 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?
    • 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. Remember not to use candles, perfume, etc. to cover up an odor.  Your best bet is to clean and remove the offending odor and bring fresh clean air into your home.  
  • Set the mood prior to showings.
    • Open draperies and blinds.
    • Turn on the radio to a classical music station, set the volume on low.
    • If you have time, cook a batch of cookies to have the warm, welcoming aroma permeating the home.  Fresh flowers are also a great addition when welcoming prospective buyers to your home.