HOME STAGING & OPEN HOUSE CHECKLIST

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It’s understandable that living in your home over the years has probably helped show the property’s age, but when you’re trying to sell your home for the best price in the least amount of time, it’s important to take care of repairs and staging needs. Here is a list of staging tips to check off your list while trying to sell your home.

Before each showing, be sure to complete these last-minute touches to make sure your home stands out and looks great!
 

Exterior                                                                    

• Pick up after pets

• Pick up lawn tools, toys, etc.

• Clear driveway and walkway

Interior

• Open curtains for daytime showings and close curtains for evening showings

• Open windows to “freshen up” your home

• Do a quick tidy up

• Remove strong smelling food/odors

 

WHEN SELLING, IT’S IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT YOUR HOME FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

 

The buyer’s perspective. This checklist provides you with the insight and direction to get the most money and quickest sale for your home by making minor changes and repairs.

TIDY UP! When a home appears to have “things”, buyers can’t envision the home’s potential. By storing items you don’t need or don’t use now, your home will feel more inviting.

PATCH UP! Minor repairs often become major stumbling blocks for potential buyers. Take away those distractions by fixing minor issues before they become major.

THE FINISHING TOUCH! The little “extras” make the home feel special. Remember your home is competing with others in your neighborhood. Make your home stand out!

CLEAN UP! A clean home gives the impression that it has been well cared for. Remember: A can of paint may cost $20, but it’s worth $1000 on the wall!

 

THE LIVING AREAS 

TIDY UP!

  • Remove piles of papers and magazines from surfaces
  • Rearrange furniture: discard worn furniture

PATCH UP!  

  • Patch and paint walls and ceilings, if necessary

THE FINISHING TOUCH!

  • Add fresh flowers (one color)
  • Rearrange pictures to highlight specific areas
  • Add lamps to room if too dark

 

THE BATHROOM

TIDY UP!

  • Remove any unnecessary items from the countertops
  • Organize linen closets, medicine cabinets, etc.

PATCH UP!  

  • Repair any faucet, sink and/or toilet leaks
  • Caulk and grout tile, if needed

THE FINISHING TOUCH!

  • Add coordinated towels and accessories

CLEAN UP!

  • Clean sinks, toilets, bathtubs and showers, and make sure they are mold and mildew free
  • Polish mirrors and bathroom fixtures
  • Clean bathroom floor

 

THE BEDROOMS 

TIDY UP!

  • Purge, store, and donate toys, but keep a couple for display
  • Remove extra furniture and rearrange to define areas
  • Free up closet space, hang neatly. No clothes should be laying around the room

PATCH UP

  • Patch and paint walls and ceilings, if necessary

THE FINISHING TOUCH!

  • Add decorative pillows to bed
  • Add headboard or large piece of art over bed

CLEAN UP!

  • Clean carpet/ floors
  • Wash window treatments
  • Wipe down lighting fixtures, making sure all light bulbs are working

 

THE BASEMENT & GARAGE 

TIDY UP!

  • Organize all areas: laundry area, family area, workshop, garden equipment etc.
  • Box up and store or dispose of any unnecessary items

PATCH UP! 

  • Make sure furnace, A/C, and hot water heater are in working order

THE FINISHING TOUCH!

  • Add a de-humidifier to ensure air is dry and smelling good

CLEAN UP!

  • Wash windows inside and out
  • Clean floors

THE EXTERIOR 

TIDY UP!

  • Mow the lawn, trim trees and shrubs away from the house
  • Rake leaves, pull weeds, and dispose of dead plants
  • Store tools and other equipment neatly in the garage

PATCH UP! 

  • Repair doors and windows
  • Repair major cracks in sidewalks and driveway
  • Repair roof shingles, shutters, gutters, window siding, and fencing
  • Clean up the front/back yards with new sod, plants, and mulch if needed

THE FINISHING TOUCH!

  • Add doormat to the entrance
  • Add new house numbers

CLEAN UP!

  • Wash windows inside and out
  • Sweep all sidewalks and driveways

It’s crucial to make sure that your home looks its best when potential buyers are coming over for a viewing. Remember, your home is competing with many other homes on the market, and you want to do the best you can to give it that edge over the competition.

When you’re ready to buy a home in the Washington DC Market, you want a Realtor® you can trust, whose experience will help you buy a property with confidence. Jared Associates stand ready to help you achieve your home dreams. Contact me, Jared Russell, at 301-351-7711 (mobile), 240-383-1350 (office), or email me at jaredr@kw.com. You can also visit me at my website for additional information.