Staging Your Home

Good to Know: Staging Checklist

Use this handy guide to be sure you're covering all the bases before a showing or open house.

Your Strategic Plan for Home Staging

Follow our advice for sprucing up your home room by room to make a great first impression.

Staging Your Home for Sale

  • Put Personal Pictures and Photos in Storage

    "Pictures are extremely distracting. You cannot believe how long potential buyers will stop and stare at people they do not know in photos," says Radice, who also recommends removing…   See the Image

  • Remove Personal Items

    Published 03/18/13 in Real Estate
    Remove Personal Items

    It's one of the simplest and cheapest things you can do to sell your house or condo quickly. "The reason you want to 'de-personalize' your home is because you want buyers to view it as their…   See the Image

  • Keep Everything Clean

    Published 03/18/13 in Real Estate
    Keep Everything Clean

    No one wants to look at a dirty house -- especially not prospective buyers. So make sure your house or condo shines from top to bottom. Having the house professionally cleaned is worth the money…   See the Image

  • Fix Up Your Home's Exterior

    "Curb appeal is just as important as cleaning the inside of the home -- it's the buyer's first impression of your home," Page says. Mow the lawn, make sure the sidewalk and driveway are free…   See the Image

  • Yes, You Can Stage Your Home Yourself

    When it comes to selling your home, appearance is everything. But hiring a professional stager can be extremely costly. Jessica Page, a Realtor with Innovative Real Estate in Denver, along with…   See the Image

  • Get Rid of Clutter

    Published 03/18/13 in Real Estate
    Get Rid of Clutter

    "After years of living in the same home, clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you don't realize…   See the Image

  • ... Or the Back Door

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    ... Or the Back Door

    Especially in early spring, when many backyards are still sporting bare branches and spotty grass, you want to give buyers the same cheery feeling when exiting your home as when they entered. Put…   See the Image

  • Invest in a Landscaper

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    Invest in a Landscaper

    If you plan to move out immediately, hire a landscaper from spring through fall (or whenever the home sells) to keep the lawn in pristine condition for showings, advises Jim Lowenstern, president…   See the Image

  • Bring Blooms Indoors

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    Bring Blooms Indoors

    Botanical colors and prints in light green and yellow shades give bedrooms a spring-like, peaceful feel. Here, Larry Taylor, a San Francisco Bay Area home stager, replaced a brown color scheme…   See the Image

  • Clear Off the Counters

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    Clear Off the Counters

    You like the convenience of the toaster, mixer, spices and coffeemaker on the counter, but to a buyer, it just looks cluttered. Stash counter items in the cupboard (if there's no room, stick them…   See the Image

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