Buyers decide in the first 30 seconds whether or not they want to buy your house.

These tips will help you stage your home to make the very best impression towards your potential buyers.

  • Make the right first impression
    • Paint the front door and trim
    • Hang a wreath on the door
    • Add potted flowers
    • Fertilize the grass to make it bright green
    • Put fresh mulch around the bushes
  • Light up the inside of your home
    • Replace light bulbs with higher wattage
    • Trim back shrubs that might block natural light
    • Paint the inside walls white
    • Put white slipcovers over dark furniture
    • Put up lights in each corner of the major rooms
  • Remove clutter
    • Store half your “stuff,” including knick-knacks and furniture
    • Remove personal objects like family photos and children’s artwork
    • Remove all objects from closet floors
    • Put half your clothes into storage
    • Make your linen closet meticulous
    • Hide electrical cords and wiring
    • Eliminate unhealthy plants
    • Put fresh sheets on beds with four extra pillows
  • Keep pets away from your home
    • Remove kitty litter, dog beds and other smelly pet items
    • Warm a few drops of vanilla inside the oven door
    • Smoke outside; remove ashtrays
    • Open all windows an hour before the buyer arrives
    • Keep the trash can clean
  • Freshen the kitchen
    • Clean all countertops
    • Replace cracked, scratched, or broken appliances
    • Re-grout the tile
    • Wax the floors
    • Update kitchen knobs
    • Paint or replace cabinet fronts
  • Clean the bathroom
    • Scrub the walls and floors
    • Clear off all shelves and put away personal items
    • Re-grout tiles and replace caulking
    • Hang a new shower curtain
    • Buy fresh hand towels and rug
    • Replace old soap
  • Add colorful touches
    • Add warm colors, which say “welcome home!”
    • Buy new throw pillows for the sofa and bed
    • Define areas with colorful rugs
  • Do not empty out your home
    • Rent or borrow furniture if you need to  empty rooms look smaller