Home Staging Checklist
HOME STAGING CHECKLIST
Þ Less is more - remove enough so that there is some empty space in closets, on shelves and in cabinets.
Þ Remove or hide all small kitchen appliances.
Þ Remove all refrigerator art, family pictures, school schedules, magnets, calendars, etc.
Þ Pack up all personal photos
Þ Remove all personal items from bathroom, tub and showers...shampoo, toothpaste, brushes, used towels…
Þ Remove and store seasonal clothes from closets
Þ Rent a storage space. Remove all visible storage boxes from closets and garage.
Þ Remove unneeded furniture to make rooms look larger.
Þ Remove dated or worn furnishings and accessories. Display only updated new looking items.
Þ Remember, “One will do.” When accessorizing surfaces, remember that for staging purposes one item is better than 2 or more. One vase or clock on a fireplace mantle shows off your home better than 2 or 3 items.
Þ Use mirrors generously. A mirror at the end of a long hallway makes the home look larger and relieves and cramped feeling. A mirror opposite the bathroom vanity pushes walls back and makes small bathrooms larger.
Þ Paint the interior of the house and the front door.
Þ Repair, paint or wash all exterior walls, doors and trim.
Þ Power-wash exterior concrete and other hardscape to unify surface color. It will make these areas look bigger.
Þ Replace old carpeting and flooring. Be sure that any remaining carpet, drapery or upholstery hold no odors.
Þ Wash the windows, inside and out. Remove unnecessary screening.
Þ Arrange a minimum number of towels in bathroom racks and put out fresh soap.
Þ Inside, use fresh flowers in vases. Decorate outside with planters and potted plants.
Þ Remove some furniture to open up the rooms. Rule of thumb: Consider eliminating half of all furniture.
Þ Decorate the patio or deck with flowerpots and enough furniture to show that it is usable living space.
Þ Furnish covered porches with small outdoor tables and chairs to turn them into obvious living spaces.
Þ Landscape. Use perspective. Looking out from the house, vertical elements should diminish in size as they retreat from the house. This elongates sightlines and visually moves property boundaries further away.
Þ Air the home by opening windows and doors.
Þ No Drips! Repair all plumbing, faucets, running toilets.
Þ Clean or repair/replace worn caulking around tubs, sinks, countertops.
Þ Deep-clean entire house, oven, fireplace, garage, etc.
Þ Enhance fireplace firebox with candles or decorative logs.