Staging Checklist Chris Johnson

How important is it to stage your home? VERY IMPORTANT!

And here’s why…

Potential buyers know within 90 seconds if they will make an offer. Currently we are in a buyers market. This means that homes on the market are in a tougher competition with each other. A home not staged might as well not compete. The investment in staging a home is typically less than the first price reduction. 77% of buyers view interior and exterior property photos online before making an appointment with a Realtor...cluttered pictures equals no showings. Homes that are staged often sell 75% faster and for 3% to 6% higher than average!

The way we live in a home and the way we sell a home are very different...the things you love in your home may not appeal to others, the object is to get your home to appeal to as many people as possible.

With buyers, first impressions count…

A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area when the time comes to show it to a prospective buyer. Here are some general suggestions for you to begin working on.

General Maintenance:
Oil squeaky doors
Tighten doorknobs
Replace burned out lights
Clean and repair windows
Touch up chipped paint
Repair cracked plaster
Repair leaking taps and toilets

Spic and Span:
Shampoo carpets
Clean washer, dryer and tubs
Clean furnace
Clean fridge and stove
Clean and freshen bathrooms

The Buying Atmosphere:
Be absent during showings
Turn on all lights
Light fireplace
Open drapes in the day time
Play quiet background music
Keep pets outdoors / confined

The First Impression:
Clean and tidy entrance
Functional doorbell
Polish door hardware

The Spacious Look:
Clean stairs and halls
Store excess furniture
Clear counters and stove
Make closets neat and tidy




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