Staging is reported to bring in about 7% more for a sale than a house that isn’t staged.


Clear out the Clutter

Purge. Purge. Purge. You don’t want to carry it with you to your new home, so now is the time to get rid of all excess baggage.

Curb Appeal

Maintain your yard, weed, mow lawn, and keep it simple.

Make it sparkle

Think hotel clean. Mop, dust, vacuum, wash windows, baseboards — even the cat. Remember that people will look in your cupboards, under your sinks and in your closets. Also, pay particular attention to odors. You might even consider consulting a neutral nose by having a friend come by for a smell test.


Few things deter buyers more than a cluttered home. They need to see your home, not your stuff. Excessive personal items like photos, collections, personal awards, electronics and collectibles will make it difficult for buyers to see past your personal style and may deter a sale. Taking yourself out of the picture makes it easier for buyers to imagine themselves, and their stuff, in your space. You want buyers looking at your house, not your pictures.

Make repairs

Make your home a high-maintenance zone. Repair squeaky doors, chipped or smudged paint as well as broken fixtures and fittings that you’ve neglected.

Don’t forget to stage your storage space, too!

Resist the temptation to shove clutter into closets — buyers will be opening all your closet doors during showings. It’s a good idea to clear out unnecessary clutter, and organize.