Presenting Your Property

Your Part in the Process

Knowing that first impressions are crucial, it's important to remember that the decision-making process usually begins as soon as the buyer pulls up in front of your house. These "staging tips" will help your home look it's best, inside and out, from the start:

  • Clean, stain or paint the front door. It should gleam and serve as the first indication of the care and condition of your home.
  • Don't just mow, instead manicure the front lawn and sweep the sidewalks and driveway.
  • Trim any trees or shrubs that are over-grown or obscure your home from view.
  • Add color to the yard, if needed, by planting flowers or placing flower pots in strategic spots.
  • Put the garage in order so it looks clean and roomy (hold a garage sale to get rid of unwanted items).
  • To make rooms appear brighter and larger, install high wattage bulbs throughout the house.
  • Make sure all lights are turned on for evening showings and that drapes are opened during the day.
  • Dark hallways and interior areas can also be brightened with a fresh coat of light paint.
  • Fix leaky faucets, loose knobs, sticking doors, windows and drawers. Minor flaws can be a major distraction.
  • Make closets look bigger and roomier with a good cleaning. Now is a good time to donate those old clothes to your favorite charity.
  • Polish tubs, toilets, sinks and mirrors so that they sparkle. Check and repair caulking. Bathrooms help sell homes.
  • Arrange bedrooms to look as spacious as possible by removing excess furniture. Decorate with attractive linens.
  • Straighten up children's rooms by storing or neatly arranging toys.
  • Clean out the fireplace and stock with fresh logs or a basket of pine cones.
  • Clean Kitchen cabinets and pantry.
  • Fresh flowers brighten up any room.

A good cleaning service might be a worthwhile investment while your home is on the market. They can do the hardest jobs so all you have to do is spruce up before the showings.