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  • Outside
    • Invest in landscaping where it can be seen first.
    • Remove any dead plants and weed all planting areas.
    • Cut back over-grown shrubbery that looks scraggly or keeps light out of the house.
    • Paint your house if necessary.
    • In winter, walks must be free of snow and ice.
    • Sweep all walkways and patios or decks.
    • Inspect the roof and gutters. Any missing shingles to replace?
    • Consider putting flowers outside the front door.
    • Repair any broken outside steps.
    • Keep lawn closely cut and edged.
    • Clean the yard; store toys, bicycles and tools away.
    • Repair broken fences and paint if necessary.
  • Basement, Attic, Garage
    • Clean out attic, basement and garage and dispose of everything that you are not going to move.
    • Package everything that you won’t need until you’re settled in your new home.
    • Paint ceilings and walls a light colour in your basement.
    • Repair cracks in basement floors and walls with a ready mixed grout.
    • Wipe clean the furnace and hot water tank.
    • Wash down the garage floor and clean any oil stains.
    • Stack stored items neatly against walls.
  • Living Areas
    • Have all plaster in top shape.
    • Check ceilings for leak stains Fix the cause of the damage, repair ceiling and re-paint.
    • In painting and re-decorating always stick to neutral colours.
    • Clean your fireplace and lay some fresh logs in it to make it look inviting.
    • Wash windows both inside and out.
    • Replace any broken or cracked glass.
    • Replace all burned out light bulbs.
    • Make the floors shine and have carpets professionally cleaned.
    • Repair any creaks in the floor.
    • Straighten up closets.
    • If doors stick slightly, rub a block of paraffin against the surface that shows signs of wear.
    • If sliding doors stick, rub the tracks with paraffin or candle wax.
    • Lubricate any squeaky hinges.
    • Reduce the number of family photos throughout your home.
    • Rearrange furniture to create more space and open area.
    • Vacuum all carpet and hard wood floors.
    • Clear off all coffee tables and end tables.
    • Remove all ashtrays to make the rooms appear larger.
  • Kitchen
    • Make the kitchen bright and attractive.
    • Paint or re-stain cabinets, put up attractive new curtains or blinds.
    • Clean the ventilating hood.
    • Thoroughly clean to remove any odors.
    • Consider new flooring.
    • Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops.
    • Clean counters make a room look larger.
  • Bathrooms
    • Repair dripping faucets and unclog any plugged drains.
    • Hang fresh towels.
    • Use a deodorizer in the bathroom area.
    • Use special cleaning products to remove stains from toilets, tubs and sinks.
    • Keep sinks and mirrors shining.
    • Replace old caulking around bathtubs and clean tiles so they sparkle.
    • Keep toilet lids closed.
Home Staging Checklist
  Nicole Nichols-West


on January 1, 2012

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