1. De-Personalize. The first step is to get items out of the house that are personal to you. Predominately these items will be family photos, things with children’s names, pet items etc. The goal here is to showcase a blank slate for the potential buyer to imagine themselves living in the home and not imagine you living in the home. This will help them connect rather than disconnect with the property.
2. De-clutter. When you think about the idea of de-cluttering, think of floor space and counter space. Generally, you will want to display the maximum amount of floor space and the maximum amount of countertop space. As you look around at the floors and counter spaces (including tabletops, desks, etc) of your home, identify things that don’t belong and make these areas as clear as possible. If you have large pieces of furniture that are taking up a big chunk of floor space and can be eliminated, consider putting those items in storage or storing them in your garage. The more uncluttered and unencumbered floor space the buyer can see, the larger and more inviting your home will feel.
3. Repair. Now that you have de-cluttered the home, take this time to check out each room for any big or little item that night need repaired, replaced, touched up or painted. Do this exercise as if you were the buyer walking through the house for the first time. Get a legal pad and make a list and then tackle one room per day. Remember buyers can be picky so be honest with yourself about things that need to be addressed. If you are not sure if something needs to be fixed you can always call me for my opinion. P.S…..Don’t forget the outside.
4. Clean. A good deep clean is an absolute necessity after you have removed the clutter and made repairs. This involves cleaning your home both inside and out. The floors, walls, baseboards, doors and all surfaces in your home should be thoroughly cleaned. If possible, the outside of your home and the driveways and walkways should be power washed. When it comes to cleaning, I recommend that you either form a cleaning crew (you and 3 or more friends) or better yet, simply hire a cleaning service. A good deep clean should cost around $150-$200 or so, depending on the size and condition of your home. For the power washing, I recommend you hire a reputable contractor.
5. Decorate. Now that your home is clean, it’s time to look around and see what needs decorating. This can be things like putting a nice flower arrangement on the dining room table to hanging and removing pictures in various places. Remember not to overdo it. Less is more when it comes to staging a home for sale.