Tips By Kim To Get Your Home Show Ready!

Throughout your House:

  • Open the draperies, pull up the shades, and let in the sunlight
  • Create a positive mood. Turn on all lights, day or night, and install higher wattage light bulbs to show your home brightly.
  • Remove clutter from each room to visually enlarge them.
  • If you have a fireplace, highlight it in your decorating.
  • Keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times.
  • Replace the carpet if it does not clean up well.
  • Have a family “game plan” to get the home in order quickly if necessary.
  • Air out your home for one-half hour before showings, if possible.
  • Lightly spray the house with air freshener so that it has a chance to diffuse before the buyer arrives.
  • Improve traffic flow through every room by removing unnecessary furniture.
  • Create the feeling of a spacious entry area by using decorative accents and removing unnecessary furniture.
  • Putty over and paint any nail holes or other mishaps in the walls.
  • Paint all interior walls a neutral color to brighten the home and make it look bigger.
  • Repair or replace any loose or damaged wallpaper.
  • Clean all light bulbs and light fixtures to brighten the home.
  • Wash all windows inside and out.
  • Make the most of your attic’s potential.
  • Remove and/or hide excess extension cords and exposed wires.
  • Open doors to areas you want potential buyers to see such as walk-in closets, pantries, attics, etc.
  • Remove all smoke and pet odors.
  • Repair or replace banisters and handrails.

Your home should be listed, whenever possible, in the local Multiple Listing Service and on, which has the largest online database of homes and virtually 100% of potential buyers who look for property on the Internet.

In the Kitchen:

  • Microwave a small dish of vanilla twenty minutes before a showing and place it in an out of the way place.
  • The kitchen and bathrooms should always be spotlessly clean.
  • Expand your counter space by removing small appliances.

In the Bedrooms:

  • Do not leave towels around and wipe down the sinks and shower areas after each use.
  • Re-caulk the tub if the caulk is not sparkling white.
  • Repair or replace broken tiles in the shower/tub.
  • Replace shower curtains and keep them clean.


  • Keep the yard mowed and raked at all times.
  • Use flowering plants to dress up the yard, walkway, and patio.
  • Remove all toys, bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture, and trash from the yard.
  • Porches, steps, verandas, balconies, patios,and other extensions of the house should be kept uncluttered, swept, and in good condition.
  • Paint all entrance doors.
  • Make sure the garage door opens easily.  Fix and paint the garage door if necessary.
  • Clean and shine all hardware and accessories indoors and out (door knobs, knockers, lamps, mailbox, address numbers, etc.)
  • Trees and shrubs should be trimmed and pruned.
  • Use a new doormat.
  • Be sure the front doorbell is in good working order.
  • Be sure the front door and screen door works perfectly.

Turn on any popular home network on cable TV and you’ll find a program on staging.   Rearrange your furniture, pick a soothing color palette, clear out the family photos, and your home will sell faster, and for more money. Sound too frou-frou to be true?  It’s not! The soft and decorative side of staging is backed by hard facts.  Real estate agents like great-looking homes because they are easier to sell.

Agents talk to other agents about to the best homes on the market. An attractive listing will be shown more often, meaning more market exposure—critical for a quick and profitable house sale.staging is more than an exercise in tasteful interior design. It is a business decision that can have a huge impact on your financial return and timeline.

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