Staging Your House to Sell!

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 Making Your House Look it’s Best is Essential

Staging to Sell

Last week I talked about the importance of using a professional photographer to give a great first impression to buyers when they’re searching the internet for homes.   This week I’m going to go over some of the things you, as a homeowner or a real estate agent, can do to get that home ready for photos and tours!

Staging is an important step when listing a home for sale, and just as important when preparing it for photographs. Potential buyers need to be able to see themselves living in the house, and properly staging it achieves this objective.  Staging helps the buyer focus on the house itself rather than the personal items of the seller.  Proper staging & preparation doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either!

All Rooms

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  • Be sure all light bulbs work (and are the same color!)
  • Remove any pet-related items (beds, food & water dishes, toys, etc.)
  • If the house has pet smells, consider having the carpets steam cleaned (not a bad idea even if you don’t!)
  • Clean your house from top to bottom – the cost of hiring a professional is worth it!
  • If you have gym equipment in any rooms, and it can be moved, put it in the garage.


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  • Clear clutter off counters
  • Remove counter-top appliances (especially if you have more than one per counter)
  • Remove photos, magnets and other things from the refrigerator
  • Hide any electrical cords, phones, etc.
  • Clear the sink of all dishes, wash cloths, sponges, soap dispensers
  • Hide any trash containers


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  • Make all beds, tuck in sheets, remove excess pillows
  • Remove all clothes
  • Hide electrical cords, phone chargers, etc.
  • Clean off bedside tables, leaving only a book, lamp and maybe a clock or phone
  • Remove any excess furniture (rockers, cribs, etc.) to make the space look larger


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  • Remove any toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap or other items on the sink tops
  • Take all bottles, soaps, wash cloths, loofas, etc. out of the shower or off the tub
  • Small plants, candles or decorative items can spruce up the bathroom
  • Put away any toys you have in or around the bathtub
  • Wash and fold towels neatly that hang on towel rails
  • Clean mirrors completely.  Mirrors show streaks in bathrooms really well!
  • Scrub those shower walls and glass doors!  A grimy door will turn people off quickly
  • Hide trash cans

Living Rooms

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  • Hide all remotes, game controllers, etc.
  • Remove newspapers and magazines
  • Hide loose cables, speaker wires, charging bases, etc.
  • Clean and declutter any shelves
  • Remove everything from end tables except lamps
  • Put away any personal photos

Dining/Breakfast Area

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  • Clear all tables or set with place settings
  • Add a center piece such as candles, flowers or other decorative items
  • Limit the number of chairs around the table – too many and it looks crowded
  • No extra chairs in the corners of the room, put a plant there instead


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  • Remove cars from driveway
  • Power wash driveways and sidewalks if necessary
  • Consider having the roof power washed if it’s needed
  • Mow lawn, have shrubs trimmed
  • Sweep all walkways, porches, decks
  • Hide trash cans
  • Put away any all toys, bicycles, garden hoses, sprinklers
  • Clean and straighten porch and patio furniture
  • Clean grill and remove the cover
  • Have pool cleaned and put away pool toys, straighten chairs
  • Make the front porch welcoming – new doormat, potted plants
  • Plant blooming flowers in front yard beds

Day of the Photo Shoot

On the day of the shoot, prior to the photographer’s arrival, make sure all curtains and blinds are open, all lights are turned on, all ceiling fans are off, close all toilet lids, lock up any pets, and turn off all televisions.


While we don’t normally photograph closets and garages, people will want to look in all of them when they tour your house.  So try to declutter those as much as possible, keeping at least 30-40% of the space free so they look more roomy.  If you need to rent a storage unit while your house is on the market, it would be a good investment.

Final Thoughts

Staging and decluttering your house will go a long way in helping buyers see themselves in your house, and will also let them know that the house has been taken care of!

Contact us today and let us help you get the best view possible for your property!

This article, Staging Your House to Sell!, was last modified by Larry Field Photography.
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One Response

  1. Shannon Morton says:

    This is an outstanding article about how to stage a house. I’m bookmarking it for myself and to share with friends!

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