Staging a Home = Little Improvements = Big Returns

Tuesday Jun 19th, 2018


It’s always a good idea to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn’t mean you have to undertake major and/or expensive project.

Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home. After all, if you wanted to undertake a large-scale project, you probably wouldn’t be selling! Here are some simple steps you can take to increase the perceived value of your home and make a great first impression.

Exterior Appearance

  • Keep lawns cut

  • Trim hedges and shrubs

  • Weed and edge gardens

  • Clear driveway and clean up oil spills

  • Clean out garage

  • Power wash

  • Touch up paint

  • Plant colorful, flowers in pots

At the Front Door

  • Clean porch and foyer

  • Ensure door bell works

  • Repair any broken screens

  • Fresh paint or varnish front door

  • Repair door locks and key access

Create a Buying Mood

  • Make sure your home smells fresh and clean

  • Turn on lights

  • Turn on air conditioner/heater

  • Open the drapes

  • Light the fireplace

Create Space

  • Clear halls and stairs of clutter

  • Store surplus furniture

  • Clear kitchen counter and stove top

  • Clear closets of unnecessary clothing and stuff

  • Remove empty boxes and containers

  • Put away personal photos so buyers can envision the house as theirs


  • Repair leaking taps and toilets

  • Clean furnace and filters

  • Tighten door knobs and latches

  • Repair cracked plaster

  • Apply fresh coat of pain or touch up where necessary

  • Clean and repair windows

  • Repair seals around tubs and basins

  • Replace defective light bulbs

  • Oil squeaking doors

  • Repair squeaking floor boards

Squeaky Clean

  • Clean and freshen bathrooms

  • Clean fridge and stove (in and out)

  • Clean around heating vents

  • Clean washer and dryer

  • Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds

  • Eliminate pet odors and stains

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