Home Staging Tips and Tricks

How to maximize your return on investment when selling your home.

Key Impression's "Tips and Tricks" for Home Staging


  • Repaint, pressure-wash or touch up
  • Wash windows
  • Reseed, cut and edge the lawn
  • Plant new flowers in the yard for color and add bark to exposed dirt
  • Remove campers, old boats or cars from the driveway
  • Remove any clutter
  • Organize the shed, workshop or garage
  • Repair anything that is broken
  • House number should be visible from the street


  • Assure that the entrance is visibly accessible and aesthetically pleasing
  • Repaint front door if needed
  • Clean the threshold and repair and clean light fixtures
  • Remove any dead or dying plants
  • Add colorful potted plants by the front door, space permitting


  • Assure that the house smells fresh…No animal or tobacco scents
  • Keep lights turned on when showing the house
  • Add a mirror to enlarge the space if needed
  • Remove personal or family pictures and limit hallway art


  • Paint dark or older oak cabinets lighter and replace hardware if dated (also applies to bathroom cabinets)
  • Clean stove and oven
  • Remove all from top and front of the refrigerator
  • Replace/Repair any broken tiles and clean grout
  • Remove clutter from counter tops
  • Remove any trashcans out of sight Replace older faucets, appliances flooring, etc.


  • Hang new towels and shower curtain
  • Remove tub mats and rugs in front of the toilet
  • Remove all personal toiletries from vanity and shower
  • Leave toilet seats closed.

All Other Rooms

  • Remove clutter
  • Remove furniture that crowds the room
  • Remove all personal pictures or distracting or inappropriate art/items
  • Remove valuables
  • Clean or replace carpet if necessary
  • Touch up any paint on walls or ceilings
  • Paint out any brightly colored walls such as pink and blue bedrooms
  • Replace older (dated) light fixtures or hardware
  • Rid all closets of clutter
  • Clean out the fireplace and place with new firewood on the grate
  • Remove leaf from the dining table and any chairs that may crowd the room
  • Remove the cat box from sight and assure there are no animals in the house while showing
  • Replace bedding if needed, particularly in the master bedroom