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Checklist for Staging your Home

When selling your home, it’s important to know which repairs and home improvement projects will increase the value of your home and help you get the most interest from homebuyers. Use this checklist to get your house ready for the market.

  1. If you have pets hire a professional to deodorize carpets
  2. If needed, replace any worn carpet
  3. If needed, steam clean carpet thoroughly
  4. If needed, install new neutral-colored carpet with a thick padding so prospective buyers feel comfortable as they walk on your floors.
  5. Make sure carpets are secure. Stretch and tack down any loose or curling carpet.
  6. Make sure the carpets are vacuumed, free of pet hair and combed
  7. If you decide to replace a linoleum floor, choose a neutral color that will have wide appeal
  8. If your home has hardwood floors with room-size rugs, get the hardwood into its best condition with fresh non-slip floor polish or other coating to make it shimmer
  9. Mop and vacuum floors
  10. Replace worn out vent covers
  11. Thoroughly clean linoleum floors in kitchen and bathroom
  12. Clean and De-Clutter
  13. Appliances should be cleaned – inside and out
  14. Clean all curtains, drapes and blinds
  15. Clean or purchase new front door accessories
  16. Clean the entryway carefully; it creates the buyers first interior impression of your home
  17. Clean the inside of all kitchen and bathroom cabinets and neatly organize items on shelves
  18. Clean windowsills
  19. Doors should be oiled and squeak-free
  20. Dry clean your drapes
  21. Empty trash cans, recycling bins and ash trays
  22. Ensure all doors, cabinets and drawers can open completely without any blockage
  23. Exterminate any insect problems
  24. Get rid of odors (pet, food)
  25. Have a garage sale before the home is listed
  26. Hire a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market
  27. If needed, remove clutter by renting off-site storage space
  28. Keep baseboards clean and dusted
  29. Keep bookshelves, entertainment units organized neatly
  30. Keep clothing hung neatly, shoes organized
  31. Keep screens clean and vacuumed
  32. Keep shower curtains fresh and free from mildew
  33. Keep stairways and corridors clear
  34. Make bathrooms sparkle; sinks, toilets and tubs should be immaculate
  35. Make stairwells and corridors clutter-free
  36. Mop and sweep all floors
  37. Organize closets
  38. Polish all interior woodwork
  39. Remove appliances from kitchen counters to give a look of spaciousness
  40. Remove oil spots from garage
  1. Paint door and doorframe
  2. Paint exterior fixtures
  3. Paint mailbox
  4. Paint or clean front door and garage door
  5. Paint or re-stain fence if it is peeling or dirty
  6. Paint over any rust spots or streaks on downspouts
  7. Paint shutters, make sure they are hung straight
  8. Paint window ledges
  9. Polish door handles and knockers
  10. Remove rust from railing
  11. Repair any damage to chimney
  12. Repair holes in gutters and repair any separations from eaves
  13. Repair or replace shingles or tiles missing from the roof
  14. Sand and repaint areas with blistering or peeling paint
  15. Seal cracks on porch and remove any standing water if concrete. If wood, secure railings and seal or paint as necessary
  16. Straighten and clear antenna
  1. Add new wallpaper if the current wallpaper is torn or withered. Make sure it adheres to the wall
  2. All woodwork like stairwell railings and doors should be repainted and/or stained
  3. Have leaks repaired & watermarks covered
  4. If needed, repaint faded, worn or stained interior walls
  5. Make sure that cracks in ceiling/walls are repaired
  6. The windows should be washed and stain free. The window frames should be painted if necessary and the hinges should not squeak
  7. Tone down bright room colors by painting them white or a neutral color
  1. If the appliances are included with the sale of your home, make sure they are operating and have proper documentation such as warranties and repair information
  2. If there are missing or damaged tiles, have them replaced
  3. Re-touch or repaint kitchens and bathrooms if the color is dated or the paint quality is poor
  4. Make sure sinks are clean and stain-free
  5. Repair damaged countertops, sinks or tubs
  6. Make sure that there are no leaky faucets
  7. Re-caulk damaged caulk on shower, sinks, tub or toilet
  8. Clean tile grout and make stain-free
  9. Paint, touch-up or refinish kitchen cabinetry
  10. Tighten or replace loose doorknobs or cabinet pulls, sticking doors and drawers and wobbly hinges
  11. Replace toilet seat
  12. If appliances are dated or not functioning, consider replacing
  1. Repair sticky windows which do not open
  2. At night, turn on porch light and outdoor lighting
  3. Clean all switch plates
  4. Clean all windows, inside and out
  5. Clean existing shutters, blinds or drapes
  6. Clean skylight for leaves and other debris
  7. Increase the wattage of bulbs to maximum possible wattage
  8. Install dimming switches in common rooms such as dining rooms and living rooms to a low you to create lighting for different occasions
  9. Install new window treatments if those you have are damaged or dated
  10. Keep curtains open and use natural light as much as possible
  11. Make sure all outdoor lighting works
  12. Prune outside trees to allow natural light inside
  13. Turn on lights so home is well lit during showing
  14. Wipe all light fixtures with a rag and cleaning solution
  1. All drains should be clean and free flowing
  2. All toilets should be in good working order
  3. Clean up, paint or replace old plumbing fixtures in all bathrooms
  4. Have your well or septic inspected or repaired
  5. If needed, hire a plumber to replace badly rusted and corroded plumbing pipes
  6. Inspect, clean and change filter of furnace
  7. Make sure that all bathroom and kitchen faucets are in good working order
  8. Make sure that all smoke and burglar alarms are functional
  9. Remove mildew stains and repair any loose, crumbling caulk or grout around tile and tub areas
  10. Repair broken doorbell
  11. Service sprinkler system
  1. Clean fireplace and prepare with logs for display
  2. Clean out the entry closet and put only a few hangers so that the buyer can visualize winter coats
  3. Consider lighting up the fireplace during the colder months
  4. Hang artwork on the walls
  5. Hang extra clean towels in the bathroom for your guests
  6. Have a fresh vase of flowers on the kitchen table to add appeal
  7. Have beds made
  8. If needed, put large furniture in storage
  9. Lock pets up away from home during showings
  10. Open drapes to allow light in
  11. Place fresh flowers, potpourri and other decorations around house (even in bathrooms)
  12. Play music during open houses
  13. Put cedar chips inside the closets
  14. Remove all unnecessary articles in basement or attic
  15. Remove magnets and notes from refrigerator
  16. Remove personal possession, like photos, trophies and mementos
  17. Set the dining room table for a dinner party
  18. Stage garage – clean up oily floors, straighten tools and other equipment
  19. Tag or remove items not included in sale (i. e. water conditioner, chandeliers, plants, drapes)
  1. Add colorful plants or flowers near front door and porch area
  2. Consider re-painting or re-staining a deck if the wood is worn out
  3. Repair damaged, rusty or bent fence; paint or stain if necessary
  4. If you have an awning for the patio, make sure that it is also free of debris and that there are no signs of tear or worn material. Replace if necessary
  5. Keep the firewood neatly stacked
  6. Keep trash area clean and organized
  7. Keep walks, steps and driveway obstacle-free
  8. Mow, trim, fertilize and water lawn
  9. Power wash deck
  10. Prune trees and bushes
  11. Rake fallen leaves
  12. Remove unnecessary items such as gardening equipment
  13. Remove debris and personal items on deck and porch
  14. Remove signs such as Beware of Dog
  15. Remove weeds and dead or dying plants or flowers
  16. Replace welcome mat at the doorway
  17. Re-sod bare spots on lawn