Monday, February 16, 2015

Staging Your Home - The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

If you're selling your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, it's time to become intimately acquainted with two very important words: home staging. Home staging refers to the process of setting up your home so it has maximum appeal to a wide range of potential buyers, and it is one of the most important steps you can take as you prepare to sell you home.

If you've never staged a home before, your friends at the Property Shop at the Lake are here to help you out! This cheat sheet will help you stage your home like a pro.

~  Depersonalize the home - remove family photos, kids' artwork, etc
~  Keep home thoroughly cleaned at all times
~  Repair any cracks and/or holes in the walls
~  Keep toys, books, games, blankets, and other objects off of the floor
~  Rearrange furniture to make rooms seem more spacious (if necessary)
~  Use candles or a Scentsy to make your home smell wonderful
~  Secure valuables in a safe
~  Hang mirrors on the wall to add light and space to the home

~  Make your bed every day
~  Organize your closets - or at the very least, keep the doors closed!
~  Declutter nightstands and dressers
~  Keep dirty clothes off of the floor
~  Place decorative pillows on the bed and one or two on any chairs
~  Use floor lamps and/or table lamps instead of the overhead light

~  Use courtesy spray to keep your bathroom smelling nice
~  Wipe down mirrors, counters, tubs, showers, and toilets daily
~  Keep toilet lids down
~  Clean and/or replace the shower curtain
~  Declutter counters - place personal toiletries in cabinets or drawers
~  Fold all towels daily and hang neatly on racks - buy new towels if necessary
~  Keep a fresh hand towel and soap in the bathroom for prospective buyers
~  Hang a few art pieces on the walls

~  Wipe down counters, stove, microwave, sink, and fridge daily
~  Declutter countertops
~  Remove stains from sinks, stoves, and other surfaces
~  Tuck sponges, brushes, and soap out of sight
~  Thoroughly clean the kitchen after every meal
~  Strategically place fresh flowers and cookbooks around the kitchen

~  Put away games, toys, electronics, and other belongings after every use
~  Move religious and/or political items out of sight
~  Put a floral or crystal centerpiece on the coffee table
~  Add decorative throw pillows to the couches and/or chairs
~  Soften the room with throw rugs

~  Wipe down washing machine, dryer, sinks, and counters daily
~  Keep cabinets and shelves clean and organized
~  Invest in a nice, new hamper
~  Keep dirty clothes out of sight
~  Hang artwork on the walls

This staging cheat sheet will get you started on the right track. If you'd like further help with home staging ideas, feel free to contact one of our real estate professionals at the Lake of the Ozarks! We would be happy to help you sell your Lake of the Ozarks home.

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760

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