Staging Tips, from an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP™)
1. Clear all unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house. Keep decorative objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items.
2. Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops. If it hasn’t been used for three months... put it away! Clear refrigerator fronts of messages, pictures, etc. (A sparse kitchen helps the buyer mentally move their own things into your kitchen.)
3. In the bathroom, remove any unnecessary items from countertops, tubs, shower stalls and commode tops. Keep only your most needed cosmetics, brushes,perfumes etc.., in one small group on the counter. Coordinate towels to one or two colors only.
4. Rearrange or remove some of the furniture if necessary. As owners, many times we have too much furniture in a room. This is wonderful for our own personal enjoyment, but when it comes to selling, we need to thin out as much as possible to make rooms appear larger.
5. Take down, or rearrange certain pictures or objects on walls. Patch and paint if necessary.
6. Review the house inside room by room, and
a. Paint any room needing it.
b. Clean carpets or drapes that need it.
c. Clean your windows!
7. If you need room to store extra posessions, use the garage (if you have one), or rent a storage unit.
Leave certain lights on during the day. During “showings,” turn on all lights.
8. Turn on your stereo for all showings.
1. Around the perimeter of the house, remove all garbage cans, discarded wood scraps and miscellaneous building materials, etc.
2. Check gutters, roof moss, and dry rot. Make sure they are swept and clean.
3. Look at all plants... prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking windows. “YOU CAN’T SELL A HOUSE IF YOU CAN’T SEE IT!” Plants are like children — they grow so fast!
4. Weed, and then mulch all planted areas. Keep lawn freshly cut and fertilized. Remove any dead plants and shrubs.
5. Clear patios, or decks, of all small items, such as planters, flower pots, charcoal, barbeque grills, toys. etc. Put them in the garage, or a storage unit.
6. Check the paint condition of the house — especially the front door and trim. “CURB APPEAL REALLY WORKS!”
Remember! The goal is to allow a buyer to mentally "move in," not move on!
Information gathered from Staged homes.com - Barb Schwarz...