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Staging Tips and Checklist

This tips page makes a handy home staging checklist.

  • Less is more - remove enough so that there is some empty space in closets, on shelves, and in cabinets.
  • Remove all refrigerator art, family pictures, school schedules, magnets, calendars, etc.
  • Remove or hide all small kitchen appliances.
  • Pack up all personal photos.
  • Remove and store seasonal clothes from closets.
  • Air the home by opening windows and doors.
  • Paint the interior of the house and the front door.
  • Repair, paint, or wash all exterior walls, doors, and trim.
  • Remove unneeded furniture to make rooms look larger.
  • No drips! Repair all plumbing, faucets, running toilets.
  • Deep-clean entire house, oven, fireplace, garage, etc.
  • Clean or repair/replace worn caulking around tubs, sinks, counter tops.
  • Enhance fireplace firebox with candles or decorative logs.
  • Wash the windows, inside and out. Remove unnecessary screening.
  • Arrange a minimum number of towels in bathroom racks and put out fresh soap.
  • Rent a storage space. Remove all visible storage boxes from closets and garage.
  • Remove dated or worn furnishings and accessories. Display only updated new looking items.
  • Inside, use fresh flowers in vases. Decorate outside with planters and potted plants.
  • Furnish covered porches with small outdoor tables and chairs to turn them into obvious living spaces.
  • Remove personal necessity items from bathroom and enclosed showers… shampoo, toothpaste, hairbrushes, dirty towels, etc.
  • Power-wash exterior concrete and other hardscape to unify surface color. It will make these areas look bigger.
  • Decorate the patio or deck with flowerpots and enough furniture to show that it is usable living space.
  • Replace worn, stained carpeting and cracked floor tiles. Be sure that any remaining carpet, drapery or upholstery holds absolutely no odors.
  • Remove some furniture to open up the rooms. A good rule of thumb, consider eliminating half of all furniture and accessories.
  • Remember the rule, “One will do”. When accessorizing surfaces, remember that for staging purposes one item is better than two or more. One vase or clock on a fireplace mantle shows off your home better that two or three items.
  • Use mirrors generously. A mirror at the end of a long hallway makes the home look larger and relieves any cramped feeling. A mirror opposite the bathroom vanity pushes walls back and makes small bathrooms larger.
  • Landscape. Keep perspective in mind. From the house, looking out, plants and vertical elements should diminish in size as they retreat from the house. This elongates sightlines and visually moves property boundaries further from the house.
  • Replace or supplement existing furniture and accessories with rentals From Brook Furniture Rental to achieve a desired appearance.

This list is ambitious and perhaps a bit daunting, but realistic. Quite simply, to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, you must be better prepared than other people in the market. Your home must make a strong first impression. Achieving this level of preparedness is possible if you take advantage of the resources included on this site designed especially for those who want to stage their homes:


Questions or comments? See our Homestaging Rental Catalog, contact us at 877-285-7368, or by email at brookconcierge@bfr.com.

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