STAGED TO SELL - THE DIY CHECKLIST

Professional home staging is an art. The transformation a good home stager can make on a space is invaluable. However, if you have a busy home with kids and pets, budget restraints, or there are no staging companies in your community, hiring a Stager might not be an option for you.

Following these 4 simple tips will help you sell your home faster and for top dollar.

FIND THE LOVE. FOCUS ON THE STRENGTHS.
The most important thing you can do to make your home appeal to potential buyers is showcase its strengths.

Plan a time when you aren’t faced with distractions from kids, spouses or work and take an honest look at your house. Start from the curb, walk into your house from the main entrance. What do you see? What attracted you to your home when you first saw it? Make a list of the strengths for each area of your home. The goal here is to determine what is distracting you from seeing the qualities that made you fall in love with your house, when you first saw it.

LET THE LOVE SHINE THROUGH – DE CLUTTER:
Now that you’ve identified what’s distracting you from seeing the strengths of your home, it’s time to remove the distractions. For most of us, its clutter that gets in the way. Go through each room in your house and remove the clutter. Pack it. Donate it. Hide it.

CLEAN. PERIOD.
If it’s in your budget to hire a cleaner, this will be money well spent. After the professionals do their magic, it will be easier for you to keep it really clean for showings.

Ensure the outside of your home is tidy and presentable as well. Make sure the garbage and recycling areas are tidy. Clean your gutters and windows and ensure the walks are clean and power washed and the garden beds or planters are well kept for the season.

GIVE YOUR ROOMS A JOB.
If you’re selling to move to a bigger home, you may have rooms doing double duty, for example a home office or craft room, that seconds as a guest room. If you’re downsizing you may have some under utilized rooms. Whether you have rooms in your home that aren’t serving any specific purpose or are doing too many jobs at once, this is a simple fix, with big impact. 

If you need to activate a space room, consider adding an extra armchair from your living room and side table with a few books to make a reading room, or a yoga mat and pillows for a meditation room. 

If you're over capacity, consider paring down your over worked room. Pack away the bed or office furniture. If it’s not possible to separate the multiple functions, make sure to remove any extra furniture, and keep the bed and office or craft area really tidy for showings.


Now pour yourself a glass of wine and put your Realtor® to work!

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