Home Staging Checklist

Outside areas and curb appeal

  • Tidy, trim, and mow all lawn areas and beds.
  • Patch bare spots in the lawn and make sure the grass gets watered so it’s nice and green.
  • Remove branches that might be blocking windows, view sightlines, or giving the yard an overgrown look.
  • Add some pretty potted flowers near the front door.
  • Make sure the porch, deck, and walkways are washed and free of leaves.
  • Put away yard tools, empty pots, toys, trash cans, and lawnmowers.
  • Make sure the pets are picked up after. Hire a pooper-scooper service if necessary.
  • If the front door is painted and could use a new coat, consider using red if it works with existing house colors. Red front doors look great and convey an energetic feel upon entering.
  • Make sure the exterior, porch, and deck areas are spic and span and free of cobwebs and dust.
  • Make sure outdoor light fixtures are in good working order.
  • Consider an updated mailbox and house numbers.
  • Add fresh new doormats outside front and back doors.
  • If the home has a large porch, make sure there’s a seating area or porch swing.
  • Make sure pool and hot tub areas are clean and free of leaves.

Throughout the house

  • Put away clutter.
  • Remove excess furniture.
  • Clean thoroughly.
  • Paint, if needed.
  • Replace window coverings, if needed.
  • Put away seasonal items that aren’t needed, along with valuables, wardrobe items that aren’t needed, and knick knacks or excess artwork/décor.
  • Make simple updates like new switch plates or cabinet pulls.
  • Remove plants that aren’t thriving, add new plants if desired.
  • Use psychological staging to edit or add.
  • Make décor updates like throw rugs and pillows.
  • Add vignettes.

Entry and living areas

  • Remove any clutter that may accumulate near entryways such as shoes, coats, leashes, and mail.
  • Edit and arrange decorative items on mantle and tables.
  • Make sure artwork is appropriate and that the space has been properly depersonalized.
  • Arrange throw pillows and style other accessories as needed.
  • Add flowers/plants.

Kitchen

  • Make sure countertops are clear of clutter. Leave only the most essential items in order to accentuate counter space.
  • Remove refrigerator items like magnets, photos, lists, etc.
  • Place a pretty bowl of fruit on the counter.
  • Update dish towel and throw rug if necessary.
  • Organize cabinets and other storage areas.
  • Make sure there are no trash odors.

Dining room

  • Make sure the dining room is functioning as a dining room and not a multi-purpose room.
  • Set the table as if a dinner part is happening.
  • Check to make sure artwork is appropriate and the room is depersonalized.

Bathrooms

  • Replace shower curtain, rug, and towels if necessary.
  • Remove all clutter and personal items from counter tops. Keep grooming items in a drawer.
  • Make sure everything is sparkling clean, including grout.
  • Keep special step stools etc. out of the way to maximize floor space.
  • Create a spa-like atmosphere with luxury towels, pretty soaps, etc. if desired.

Bedrooms

  • Update bedding if necessary.
  • Remove all clutter and make sure the room is depersonalized.
  • Make bed neatly and style with throw pillows.
  • Edit and style décor items on dressers and night tables.

Closets

  • Remove seasonal items that aren’t needed.
  • Create space by editing and organizing.
  • Make sure items are neat and tidy.
  • Create more space by packing up items and putting them in storage.
  • Make sure closets appear spacious, not cramped.

Odors

  • Have the sellers keep litter boxes clean — scoop at least once per day.
  • Avoid smoking in the house.
  • Air out the house.
  • Use Febreze as needed.