Help buyers imagine themselves in your space.

Staging your house can make you money. Seventy-one percent of sellers’ agents believe a well-staged environment increases the dollar value buyers are willing to offer, according to the National Association of REALTORS® “2015 Profile of Home Staging.”

Living Room

  • Accent pillows on sofas and table lamps turned on.
  • If you have a fireplace, light it up or turn it on.
  • Minimal furniture, remove to declutter.
  • Display a scene with arrangement of tea or board games.



  • Remove everything from your countertops, decorate with flowers and fruit.
  • Display only matching sets of dishes, pack everything else up.
  • Update cabinets with new hardware or paint.
  • Old appliance? Update with stainless steel appliances.
  • Clean and organize pantry, make it look roomier than normal by removing items.
  • Remove all trash cans.



  • Always go gender neutral in the bedroom, lose the pinks and childish colors.
  • Pack most of the clothes in the closets and dressers, leave only what you need for the week.
  • Give spare rooms a new look such as an office, den, or sewing room.
  • Remove all electronics such as video games and televisions.


Dining Room

  • Place settings, wine glasses, ready for an event.
  • Some flowers and candles will help.



  • Scrub till it shines! Especially on the tile grout.
  • Remove all clutter from the sink countertops.
  • Remove all personal products
  • Only use new towels, curtains, and baskets
  • Deodorize all drains with natural products such as baking powder and vinegar.
  • Replace sink and toilet if they are stained or cracked.


The Rest

  • Neutralize the walls. If any rooms are painted in dark colors, repaint white or beige.
  • Paint all rooms the same color to make the whole house seem and feel larger.
  • Fill nicks and holes in walls, and touch up with paint. Remove all family portraits and replace with art in strategic places, don’t over do it.
  • Make sure every switch plate and outlet cover is new and consistent.
  • Wash the windows and repair any holes or tears in screens.


Declutter! Pre-Pack!

  • Keep closets, basements, and attics as empty as possible to maximize the appearance of storage space.
  • Swap dim lights for high-wattage, energy efficient bulbs.
  • Check every door, drawer, and cabinet to ensure they open and close easily. Swap out any faulty — or dingy — hardware.
  • Damaged or aging hardwood floors? Replace damaged boards with new wood, sand down the entire floor, and re-stain.
  • Hire a professional cleaning service to clean your home, including carpets.
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