Home Staging Tips for Curb Appeal

Power wash all driveways and walkways. You can hire someone to do it or you can do it yourself with rented equipment. If it isn’t in the budget wash as well as you can with a regular garden sprayer.

Wash the outside of the house with a regular garden sprayer, carefully. You don’t want to blast the paint off, which can happen easier than you might think. Be mindful of cracks/openings in windows and doors.

Clean around eaves. Remove cobwebs and nests. You may have to use a broom as well as the garden sprayer.

Replace the mailbox if needed, or freshen it up with paint.

Replace, repaint, or polish house numbers.

Replace dated outdoor light fixtures if you can; if the budget is tight spend only on the fixture by the front door. If you’re not replacing fixtures, clean them and make sure they function properly.

Add fresh hanging baskets full of colorful flowers to your front porch/door area. Potted flowers placed by the door also work well as long as they do not crowd the entrance. It is inexpensive and easy to buy these in full bloom and ready to go from large garden centers.

Freshen up the front door with a good cleaning and, if appropriate, a fresh coat of paint. If it will work with the color scheme of the home, a red front door can really make the home stand out.

Clean the windows inside and out.


Home Staging Tips for Kitchens

money. You may want to paint them if they show much wear and tear.

Organize, neaten, and clean the insides of the cabinets. Store nonessential items elsewhere. Many buyers check inside the cabinets and they are looking for SPACE–so make them spacious.

Remove every single item from counter tops. Everything. After the client makes coffee, they should put the coffee maker away, out of sight, when finished. The same goes for toasters, can openers, etc. Ideally even the microwave will be put away. Put away cookbooks, recipe boxes, decorations, salt and pepper, dish draining rack, toaster oven . . . you want wide open, spacious counter tops.

Clean the counter so it is shiny. After it is spotless you can put out a bowl of fruit, fresh flowers or a large scented candle.

Home Staging Tips for Bedrooms

Put away everything other than essential furniture, one or two lamps, and an alarm clock.

Large candles or fresh flowers are excellent for a nightstand.

All back of door hanging items must be put away. Cluttered doors can really weight a space down and give the feeling that the room is too small.” This step also helps depersonalize the space.

A new bedspread or quilt can do wonders for any bedroom.

Night stand reading material must be put away out of sight.

When packing items away, remember that buyers will most likely look in closets but not under beds.

Take down all posters, photos, pictures, drawings, and awards. You want the buyers to be able to see the house as a blank slate where they can imagine their own milestones and mementos on display.