Selling a home, even in a sellers market is no easy task. In order to maximize your profit goals in your home sale, it is a good idea to get it ready to stage. The following is a list of 47 ways to get your home ready to sell.

Some of these ideas that are mentioned below are obvious…but, in reality, when there are buyers purchasing and bidding on homes that average in the millions of dollars, the presentation of the home should be set at a much higher standard. Today’s buyer is savvy, educated, has a high net worth and as a result, should expect concierge type service when scheduling an open house tour.

Sellers need to cater to today’s buyers expectations. Imagine booking a room at the Four Seasons for you and your significant other and walking into a room that hasn’t been vacuumed, dusted, and the bed sheets not properly tucked in. You would be upset…yet, I have walked into many homes with $1.5 million price tags and above and have seen exactly that type of disorganization….and to buyers, that could be a psychological barrier to purchase, or at the very least, could affect the top end price potential.

Let’s say on the low end, a poorly staged house meant losing a few thousand dollars on a purchase. It may not sound like much on a $1.6 million dollar offer, yet if you received a bonus at work for that amount, you would be ecstatic.

It really is silly to throw away any money…and in this multiple offer market, I have personally witnessed every dollar that was put into a home to make it look better and sell faster, returning $1.25 or more in extra value. This is a crazy sellers market…but bottom line, buyers will pay a premium for that showcase quality home. They are more apt to picture themselves living in that exact setting if it is staged correctly. And, that causes them to get more excited and extra aggressive on the price too. Isn’t that what you want as a seller?

So…Here are suggestions and ideas to improve your home’s appearance and help you prepare to sell it faster and for more money.

Throughout the House

  1. Open the draperies, pull up the shades or better yet, flatten them, and let the most sunlight in that you can.
  2. Create a positive mood. Turn on all lights, day or night, and install higher wattage light bulbs to show off your home brightly.
  3. Remove clutter from each room to visually enlarge the room.
  4. If you have a fireplace, highlight it in your decorating.
  5. Keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times.
  6. Replace the carpet if it does not clean up well.
  7. Air out your home for one-half hour before showings, weather permitting.
  8. Have a family “game plan” to get the home in order quickly if necessary,
  9. Lightly spray the house with air freshener so that it has a chance to diffuse before the buyer arrives.
  10. Put family photos in storage.
  11. Improve traffic flow through every room by removing unnecessary furniture.
  12. Create the feeling of a spacious entry area using decorative accents and removing unnecessaryfurniture.
  13. Putty over and paint any nail holes or other mishaps in the walls.
  14. Paint all interior walls a neutral color to brighten the home and make it look bigger.
  15. Repair or replace any loose or damaged wallpaper.
  16. Clean all light bulbs and light fixtures to brighten the home.
  17. Wash all windows inside and out.
  18. Use plants in transitional areas of your home.
  19. Make the most of your attics potential.
  20. Remove and/or hide excess extension cords and exposed wires.
  21. Open doors to areas you want potential buyers to see such as walk-in closets, pantries, attics, etc.
  22. Remove all smoke and pet odors.
  23. Repair or replace banister and handrails.

In The Kitchen

  1. Microwave a small dish of vanilla twenty minutes before a showing and place it in an out-of-the-way place.
  2. Highlight an eat in area in kitchen with a table set for dinner.8fd45869dea2981e4b46a823f5e37d59
  3. The kitchen and bathrooms should always be spotlessly clean.
  4. Expand your counter space by removing small appliances and de-clutter.

In The Bedroom

  1. Create a master suite effect in your decorating.
  2. Depersonalize bedrooms and decorate in a neutral scheme.
  3. Make sure that the beds are made and the linens are clean.
  4. Organize your closets, remove unnecessary items and put them in storage.

In The Bathrooms

  1. Do not leave towels around and wipe down the sinks and shower areas after each use.
  2. Repair or replace broken tiles in the shower/tub.04f4a0b509f1fc9c86aee6529a7e3de7
  3. Replace shower curtains and keep them clean
  4. Put out fresh towels and decorative soaps.


  1. Keep the yard mowed and raked at all times.
  2. Use flowering plans to dress up the yard, walkway, and patio.
  3. Remove all toys, bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture, and trash from yard.
  4. Porches, steps, balconies, patios, and other parts of the house should be kept uncluttered, swept, and in good condition.
  5. Paint all entrance doors.
  6. Make sure the garage door opens easily. Fix and paint the garage door if necessary.
  7. Clean/shine all hardware and accessories indoors/out (door knobs, knockers, lamps, mail box, address numbers, etc.)
  8. Trees and shrubs should be trimmed and pruned.
  9. Use a new doormat.
  10. Be sure the front doorbell is in good working order.
  11. Be sure the front door and screen door works perfectly.
  12. Be sure the front door and screen door works perfectly.

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