Staging Checklist

  • Remove all clutter from the house:
    • Are countertops free and clear?
    • Have you removed unnecessary furniture throughout the house? There should be easy, clear traffic patterns and unobstructed pathways throughout the house.
    • Remove the art gallery and coupon collection from the refrigerator.
  • Check the bathrooms & bedrooms:
    • Are the surfaces clean and clear? Check your grout lines. 
    • Are shower curtains and doors hung properly? Consider updated bed linens & shower curtains. Ask us & we'll guide you in the right direction. We know what photographs and shows best.
    • Is the flooring clean and fresh?
    • Are clean towels neatly hung & personal hygiene items tucked away?
  • Check the walls:
    • Is paint and wallpaper fresh and clean?
    • Are the walls free from holes?
    • Are there any colors or objects on the walls that need to be removed?
  • Check the floors:
    • Is the carpet clean and free from stains?
    • Are hard surface floors clean and free from stains?
  • Check windows and window coverings:
    • Are all the windows clean?
    • Are draperies and blinds clean?
  • Pet check:
    • Are there any signs that this is a pet's home? Be sure to clean and remove kitty litter, pet toys and bedding.
  • How's the aroma?
    • Try to air out the home prior to showings.
    • If air freshener is necessary, use well before showings as a consideration to those with allergies.
  • Set the mood prior to showings:
    • Open draperies and blinds.  Keep some lights on.
    • Turn on the radio to a classical music station, set the volume on low.
    • If you have time, cook a batch of cookies to have the warm, welcoming aroma permeating the home. Don't overdo it with air fresheners and plug-ins. 
  • Lisa Carey is a certified professional home stager.  We offer free staging guidance and shopping assistance with all of our listings.