Preparing Your Home to Look it's Best!
Home staging - inside and outside.

Get your home ready to sell!
Read our tips for interior and exterior home staging.
From your Southern California real estate website

The time, effort and financial investment involved will give you the edge needed to sell your home. Our suggestion is to pretend you are a buyer. How would you judge the condition of your home?

First Impressions - The exterior of your home is the first thing a prospective buyer sees. Use this list to make sure your home's exterior looks its best:

  • Exterior paint should be in good condition (no peeling, fading) on house, garage, gutters, outbuildings, decks, fences and gates. The front door should be in good condition.
  • Repair driveway and walkway cracks or uneven surfaces. Fill in missing mortar between bricks or stones.
  • Doors and gates in working condition, latch and lock properly.
  • Fix cracked windows and torn screens. Polish doorknobs, clean ironwork, repair ornamentation (shutters, spindles, columns, etc), clean windows and screens.
  • Doorbell and all exterior lights in good working order.
  • Remove debris. Neatly store trash cans, toys and garden equipment.
  • Lawn should be well cut and neatly trimmed. Repair dead grass or fill in holes. Trim trees, removing dead branches. Flower beds weeded and freshly planted.
  • Clean pool, spa, fountains, waterfalls.
  • Clean up children's and animal's toys and debris.
  • Improve the visual appeal and emotional comfort by staging your patio furniture in an attractive way. Place containers of flowers to add color.

Interior Impressions - Interior dirt and clutter can divert a potential buyer's attention from the fine points your home has to offer. Our most common suggestion to sellers is to remove unnecessary items and furniture to make a home feel more spacious. Pack it up - you're moving! Many sellers get a storage unit (or two) to facilitate the removal of items from the home, garage and outbuildings. Here are some helpful tips for the inside of your home:

  • Walls and woodwork clean. Wallpaper problem areas repaired.
  • Windows, curtains, drapes, blinds, ceiling fans and shutters should be clean and operational.
  • Flooring should be clean. Remove excess area rugs (potential trip hazard).
  • Clean and unclutter closets, boxing and removing items where possible.
  • Doors and windows operate, lock and latch properly. Polish doorknobs.
  • Smoke detectors installed and in operating condition.
  • Light fixtures and bulbs in working condition. Adequate lighting is important.
  • Stair banisters tightened and steps free of objects.
  • Bathrooms clean, uncluttered. Tub and shower caulking repaired. Put away excess toiletries. Remove prescription drugs and valuable cosmetics. Display fresh towels.
  • Kitchen clean including stove and oven. Remove items from countertops.
  • Remove small objects that may be accidentally picked up by children.
  • Remove collectibles and excess family pictures. Put away all jewelry, valuables (perhaps remove to safe location such as safe deposit box).
  • Organize closets, shelves and drawers to display spaciousness.
  • Repair leaking plumbing fixtures.
  • Eliminate household odors (especially pet odors). Keep trashcans out of sight, clear of excess trash. Make sure trash cans are odor-free.
  • Basement, attic and garage should be clean and organized.
  • Clean fireplace ashes. Neatly stack firewood.
  • Remove excess furniture to make a room more spacious and ease the flow of traffic.
  • Arrange care for pets while property is being shown. It is disruptive and upsetting to household pets to have unknown people on the property.


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