October 25th, 2023 10:54 AM by Roxanne Johnson
A recent survey from the International Association of Home Staging Professionals shows that staged
homes sell three times faster and for a sales price of 5 to 20% more on average than competing
nonstaged home. These 10 Steps will help prepare your home for photos, showings, and impress buyers
to obtain the best price possible when selling your home.
1) Declutter - Start the packing process by sorting items into pack, pitch, sell, or donate. Choose
one space in your home or garage to store boxes and totes. The goal is to clear walkways, open
floor and wall space allowing buyers to view the home, not your belongings.
2) Depersonalize - Remove trophies, knick-knacks, posters, most family photos, collections, and
don’t forget the refrigerator magnets. Depersonalizing allows prospective buyers the ability to
picture themselves in the home by removing distractions.
3) Pack up Seasonal Items – Off season clothing, décor, tools, and things that you will not use for
the next 4 to 6 months. This will clear closets and storage spaces, allowing buyers to appreciate
the storage the home has to offer.
4) Clean - After you have decluttered, depersonalized, and packed unused items, its time to focus
on detailed cleaning. Start with lighting, wall switches, outlets, baseboards, trim, windows, and
doors, working your way to the floor. Using a painter’s tape to mark areas to come back to for
touch up paint or fix is an easier reminder.
5) Lighting - Clean your fixtures inside and outside your home. Remove dust and bugs, along with
replacing missing or non-working bulbs, covers, & globes. Check that your lights are all the same
color glow such as a bright white. Electrical is a safety concern and an appraisal issue. Good
lighting is important as it is inviting and brightens up walkways and small rooms feel larger.
6) Floors – When cleaning your hard surface floors, check over grout areas and corners, carpets
should be vacuumed weekly. Consider a professional cleaning and use a recommended product
for pet and household stains. Cleaning up spills and mess right away will help keep you ready for
showings on a short-term notice.
7) Painting - Paint color is one of the most inexpensive updates to a home selecting neutral colors
such as a beige or gray, will give your home a fresh look and impress buyers. Make sure to
choose the right type of paint for the area you are painting, your local paint expert can help you
decide on flat versus satin vs eggshell, latex, or enamel.
8) Windows – Clean the glass and the windowsills, painting or staining areas that needs attention.
Broken glass and screens can usually be repaired by the local hardware store or a glass
company. Well maintained windows impress buyers.
9) Window Treatments - Curtains, drapes, along with the rods and blinds are all considered to be
attached to a property and included in the sale. Cleaning the window treatments and ensuring
they are in working order is helpful in preventing a surprise later. Removing window treatments
not included, dated, or worn is recommended prior to photographing the property.
10) Curb Appeal - House numbers should be easy to read with well-lit entries clear of clutter and
clean swept. Store away equipment like rakes, sprinklers, and outdoor toys. Keep up seasonal
needs such as mowing, maintaining landscaping, and removing ice and snow.
First Impressions Are Important When Selling Your Home!
Roxanne Johnson, Broker/Owner