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Go room-by-room and evaluate your home. Get it ready for market with this detailed worksheet!

Home Staging Checklist
Preparing Your Home Checklist
OUTSIDE
KITCHEN
  - Mow the lawn, and trim trees and shrubs away from the house. 
- Remove dead plants, flowers & shrubs.
- Put away tools, garbage cans, hoses, toys & building materials.
- Remove window screens while selling your home & keep windows clean.
- Check for broken roof shingles and clean out gutters.
- Seal or resurface driveway.
- Clear patios and decks of planters, flower pots, charcoal & barbecues.

- Dress up front yard shrubs & lamp posts with fresh mulch.

  - Repaint or refinish trim around windows and doors.
  - Clean the stove, oven, range hood and countertops. 
- Repair drippy faucets and squeaks or binds in cabinet drawers. Make sure cabinet hardware is also cleaned.
- Discard old food & leftovers from refrigerator.
- Remove messages, pictures and magnets from refrigerator.
- Clear small appliances, dish drainer and cookware from countertop.
  - Wipe down cabinets and clear out items under the sink.
   Other: ___________________________
   Other: ___________________________
FOYER
LIVING AREAS
- Clean all light fixtures and replace with bright bulbs.
-Turn on all the lights before a buyer arrives to show there is nothing to hide. 
- Roll up and remove small rugs.
- Fill the house with a fresh scent. Heat vanilla on the stove or bake a batch of cookies.
- Spotlessly clean woodwork & carpeting.
- Clear window ledges of all objects to give a nice glimpse inside & out.
- Repaint walls in a neutral color such as antique white.
Other: ______________________________
- Clean fireplace & remove any items in front of it.
- Replace carpet if it has a loud color.
- Remove magazines, books, video games, toys and other clutter.
- Create an easy going, relaxed atmosphere.
- Dust and simplify shelves; remove family photos.
Other: _______________________________
Other: _______________________________
Other: _______________________________
LIVING ROOM
BATHROOMS

- Discard worn furniture & move extras to a storage area.

- Visit a model home to get decorating ideas.

- Clear away all magazines, books & other objects from furniture.

- Take down pictures that hide walls. Patch nail holes & paint.

- Add lamps & lighting in dark areas.

- Open the curtains.

- Set out fresh flowers.

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- Remove any unnecessary items from the vanity, tub, etc.

- The fixtures, tile & shower curtain should be immaculate.

- Caulk & grout tile. Bleach discolored grout.

- Remove any wall paper that is not "conservative."

- Decorate with towels.

- Check bath vents are working properly.

 -Make sure all fixtures work properly and fix leaks.

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MASTER BEDROOM
MISCELLANEOUS

-This is the 2nd most important-to-be appealing room.

- Define areas by furniture arrangement. Keep it simple.

- Be sure clothes are hung up.

- Store off-season clothing elsewhere.

- Clean out closets enough for buyers to get a good idea of storage size.
- Make sure nothing is left under beds; add bed skirts for cleaner look.
Other: ______________________________

- Clean or replace HVAC filter. Clean air returns. 

- Test all smoke detectors.

- Clean chimney, fireplace or woodstove. 

- Remove any wall paper that is not "conservative."

- Make sure all windows, doors and cabinets open easily without squeaks; replace rusty hinges.
- Check ventilation in attic, basement and crawlspace; update if necessary.
Other: _______________________________

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