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

  • Clear the Clutter

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    Clear the Clutter

    Before: This alcove off the living room could be used as a cozy dining area and not just a cluttered passageway. A huge aquarium, dog crate and large TV make the area look like the backroom of a pawn…   See the Image

  • After: Clean and Uncluttered

    The aquarium and TV no longer crowd the alcove. Now buyers can see this area as more living space. A new breakfast bar and stools make the space functional, and neutral-colored walls make the…   See the Image

  • Let Style and Sun Shine In

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    Let Style and Sun Shine In

    Before: This guest bedroom was skimpy on style. The wood paneling darkened the space and made it feel dated, and a hodgepodge of homely furniture made the room feel cramped. Ugly metal blinds…   See the Image

  • After: Bright and Vibrant

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    After: Letting Style and Sun Shine In

    Neutral paint on the walls, contemporary window treatments and a new furniture arrangement help direct potential buyers' eyes to the room's greatest selling point -- that sunlit view. New…   See the Image

  • Add Small Furniture

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    Add Small Furniture

    Before: The dining room was cramped with too-large furniture, and the wallpaper, tablecloth and accessories looked like they belonged in your grandma's house. Rooms that look small will shrink…   See the Image

  • After: A Perfect Fit

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    After: Adding Small Furniture

    The new-and-improved dining room now has an open layout. The new, round table and tablecloth make it appear larger and make the room seem to flow. Fresh wall paint, bright new window treatments,…   See the Image

  • Finish Home Improvement Project

    Before: The lack of doors on the kitchen cabinets make this galley kitchen look cluttered and cramped. The homeowner took the doors off the cabinets because he wanted a loft-apartment feel, but…   See the Image

  • After: Complete and Cozy

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    After Finishing Home Improvement Project

    The cabinets have been sanded and painted white to match the shelving, and brushed-nickel handles have been added for a modern touch. A cleanup of clutter and a new light fixture complete the…   See the Image

  • Clearly Define a Room's Function

    Before: What's a big dining table doing in the living room? Not only is this piece of furniture out of place, it's also out of scale and makes the room look tiny.   See the Image

  • After: Ideal for Entertaining

    The living area functions as it should. With the dining table gone and stools added, the bar can be used. The open floor plan makes the room ideal for entertaining guests and calls attention to…   See the Image

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