Ready, set, stage! This checklist will take you through every step of the way.
1. Plan Ahead
-Walk through each room and criticize the home from a buyer’s perspective.
-Ask a few local real estate professionals for their advice.
-Hold a yard sale. Sell, donate or trash anything you don’t need.
2. Clean, Declutter and Depersonalize
-Thoroughly clean the entire home.
-Remove excess and oversized furniture.
-Rearrange furniture to maximize space.
-Organize room closets and store out-of-season clothes.
-Remove all small appliances, toys, magazines and pet items.
-Secure valuable items, including cash and jewelry.
3. Maximize Curb Appeal
-Sweep the entryway and walkways.
-Mow, water and fertilize the lawn.
-Trim shrubs and trees and rake the leaves.
-Plant colorful flowers and shrubs.
-Store any toys or equipment lying on the yard.
4. Pay Attention to Kitchens and Bathrooms
-Clear the countertops.
-Clean and organize the pantry, cabinets and drawers.
-Keep all toilet seat lids closed.
-Hang fresh towels.
5. Appeal to the Senses
-Bake cookies or burn scented candles.
-Offer light refreshments.
-Install higher wattage incandescent light bulbs to brighten rooms.
-Turn on all the lights.
-Open windows to let in fresh air.
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