- Weather permitting, open your windows and doors to let in the fresh air. Box and ceiling fans can help you circulate air into rooms with less ventilation.
- Fresh-cut flowers can brighten any room’s atmosphere. Just make sure you choose varieties with subtle scents and low pollen.
- Replace or remove old rugs and bathmats and clean or air out curtains.
- Have your carpets and upholstery cleaned just before you put your house on the market and remember to vacuum daily. With any luck, your floors will be seeing a lot of extra foot traffic!
- As much as you can, keep trash—especially kitchen waste—in sealed containers outside or in your garage.
- Don’t let dishes pile up in the sink or dishwasher. Rinse after each use and take special care to keep your garbage disposal clear. Run the water for at least 30 seconds after you turn off the disposal and clean with vinegar and water as needed. Toss in some citrus peels for a fresh aroma.
- Choose cleaners that won’t leave a harsh chemical smell in your home. This is a chance to do something nice for yourself, as well as your visitors. Cleaning is a much more pleasant task with a dose of aromatherapy.
- Each room should be shown to its best advantage. Small rooms can appear larger with the proper furniture placement, paint color and lighting. The right window treatment can help compensate for small windows. Take steps to address cracks, stains or other visible signs of disrepair. No matter how minor they may be, you don’t want buyers to start thinking the house needs work.
- If you’ve been using the dining room as a home office or your guest room as a storage room, consider borrowing or renting furniture that helps re-establish each room’s original purpose. Buyers should be able to see how they’d live in each space, not how you’ve chosen to use it.
- The less you showcase your personal tastes, the easier it is for buyers to see their own design possibilities in each room. Pack away mementos like family pictures and trophies and de-clutter as much as you can. Consider adding a fresh coat of paint; it will help create that clean slate you’re going for and freshen up your walls at the same time.
Staging your home may seem like a lot of work, but it will all pay off if it helps sell your home faster.