TIPS PREPARING & staging a home for sale

  • ​​​​Improve your landscaping: Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home's lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers.​


  • Clean the outside: A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you've slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash your home's siding.


  • ​Buy a new welcome mat: Let buyers know they're invited into your home.


  • Make the front door inviting: A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb.


  • Make repairs: In a buyer's market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers.


  • Remove clutter and depersonalize: When staging a home for sale Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Clean up by renting a storage unit for knickknacks, photos, extra furniture and other personal items.


  • Organize closets and drawers: Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space.


  • Make every surface shine: From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles.


  • Take color down a notch: You might like your lime-green bedroom, but it may sour buyers. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.


  • Eliminate bad odors: Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies.