Tips on Staging Your Home
PICK UP EVERY ROOM: Check counters, floors, closets, halls and stairs. Make beds; straighten or remove newspapers, magazines, mail, toys, clothing, recreation gear, drinking glasses and dishes.
TURN ON LIGHTS: Even during the day, especially in halls and dark areas, a little extra light accents your home. Don’t forget about your closets and the utility room.
OPEN THE BLINDS: Be sure they are open all the way to promote views and allow more sunlight in all rooms.
CHECK THE BATHS: Straighten washcloths and towels; replace with fresh, decorative ones if possible. Clean the sink and wipe down counters. Air out if mist lingers from a recent shower.
CLEAN THE KITCHEN: Clear and wipe down all counters and appliances. Put all dishes in the dishwasher. Clean the sink and run the disposal. It is best if the kitchen smells fresh and clean or like freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies!
GIVE BUYERS SOME SPACE: Try to give the buyers as much privacy as possible. Buyers are often uncomfortable speaking in front of the owners; they will talk and look more freely if you are able to make yourself scarce.