Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:12

Staging your Springfield IL Home for the Best Showings

Helpful tips on staging your home to sell.

  • Open the front door. If it squeaks, groans or drags, fix it.
  • Review each room. Paint walls, clean windows, (replace any broken ones), window coverings and shampoo soiled carpets.
  • Rearrange or remove some furniture. Less furniture in a room makes the room appear larger.
  • Remove all unnecessary objects on the furniture throughout the house. Restrict decorative objects to groups of one, three or five items.
  • Take down or rearrange certain pictures or objects on the walls. A gallery wall of family photos or large collections distracts buyers and causes them to focus away from the home.
  • Clear all unnecessary appliances from the kitchen countertops.
  • Remove messages from refrigerator fronts.
  • Clean the stove, stove hood and screen, micro5wave and sinks.
  • Remove all extra items from tub, shower stalls, commode tops and counter tops in the bathrooms. Group the most needed cosmetics, brushes, etc. on one counter. Coordinate fresh towels to one or two colors only.
  • Keep toilet lids down.
  • Fix leaky plumbing.
  • Organize your closets and cupboards. Thin them out and keep them orderly.
  • Sweep the garage and keep it tidy.
  • Place all money, jewelry and other valuables (including guns) in a secure, out of sight location.
  • Put pets, pet food dishes and litter boxes outside whenever possible.
  • Check all light fixtures. Replace all burned out light bulbs.
  • Locate operating manuals for appliances. Have warranty information available. The kitchen can be the most important room in the house. Make it bright and attractive. If dull, paint cabinets and put up perky new curtains.
  • If the kitchen floor is badly worn, put down new flooring.
  • Baked cookies or a drop of vanilla on a light bulb will create a pleasing fragrance in the home.
  • Use special cleaning products to remove stains from toilets, bathtubs and sinks. Keep sinks and mirrors shining.
  • If sink or bathtub drain too slowly, unclog them.
  • Keep a solid deodorizer in the bathroom area.
  • Replace old caulking around bathtubs.
  • Check ceilings for leak stains. Fix the cause of the damage, repair & repaint the ceiling.
  • In painting and re-decorating, stick to conventional white and easy-to-work-with neutrals.
  • If you have a fireplace, clean it out and lay some logs in it to make it look inviting.
  • Use room deodorant to eliminate musty odors in the living areas/bedrooms.
  • Remove all soap and shower caddies, non-slip decals, stickers and posters.
  • Replace stove pans unless they are spotless.
  • Lemon oil all woodwork, cabinets, window sills and doors. If property has scratches and gouges in the wood, use Old English Scratch Cover.
  • Dust and wipe down all ceiling fans and blades and mini-blinds.
  • Clean out and leave spotless ovens and microwaves.
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