The first step in home staging is CLEANING. You need to clean like you have never cleaned before… Overwhelmed? Try not to panic. Follow this home staging cleaning checklist and your home will be ready to stage in no time.


  •  Clean all chandeliers and light fixtures
  •  Polish all woodwork, including furniture
  • Clean backsplashes in all bathrooms and kitchens
  •  Polish mirrors
  • Clean all window screens and storm doors and screens
  •  Clean front door hardware
  • Clean the front entryway very well, it is the first place a potential buyer will see and will reflect on the whole house
  •  Clean baseboards and all trim
  • Clean inside your kitchen cabinets
  •  Clean faucets, sinks, and all reflective surfaces
  •  Clean/polish switch plates
  •  Deep clean carpets
  • Keep dishes done and put away every day
  •  Clean kitchen exhaust fan, filters, hoods
  •  Clean oven, stovetop, burners
  •  Wash all floors, staircases and closet floors
  •  Wash walls
  •  Clean under and behind appliances



  •  Cut and Edge the Lawn
  • Trim bushes & Trees removing all dead limbs & debris
  •  Remove all weeds from flowerbeds, rocks, & cracks in concrete
  • Wash driveways & sidewalks
  •  Patch any wood rot on siding and repaint
  •  Paint and/or stain fences & decks
  •  Put away all lawn equipment, bikes, & toys
  • Inspect all exterior elements of home: gutters, downspouts, siding, trim, & shutters. Clean, paint, and/or replace
  •  Inspect for missing/ damaged shingles & flashings. Make any necessary repairs
  •  Clean & touch up paint on the little things: House numbers, mailboxes, doorbells



If you would like more information on what else you can do to get your home ready for your local market? Contact us today!

The 3 D’s Of Hassle Free Home Staging

Selling a home can be extremely stressful and time consuming. The average person now moves at least 3-5 times during their life span and the amount of stress involved with selling your home never changes regardless of how many times you have done it.

The key to eliminating much of the stress is to sell your home quickly and for the best price. Staged homes typically sell faster than a home that is not staged. It is always best to stage your home before the first open house and give potential buyers a great first impression.

Keys to keeping your stress down while staging and selling your home are simple. Follow the 3 D’s to hassle free home staging and your first open house could be your last!

In order to properly stage your home, you must first emotionally detach yourself from your home. This is easier said than done, especially if you have lived there for a long time. You need to be able to look at your home objectively, as if it were a product on the shelf.

Depersonalizing your home allows potential buyers to visualize their things and their lives in your home. This creates a neutral canvas for buyers to create their own space. Depersonalizing your home can be challenging, but following these guidelines will make the process easier.

Pictures, memorabilia, family heirlooms, etc. all need to be packed up and hidden from view. Scan each room for books and magazines; especially those with political views or material that may be offensive to an outsider and get rid of them. Get rid of obvious “old” and “worn out” things like toys, couch pillows, blankets, furniture, etc. Any “unique” or unusual décor, accents, or colors should be replaced by neutral shades and objects. Keep strong scents to a minimum. Light a scented candle with a soft, pleasant fragrance before you show your home.

The biggest issue with staging your home is getting rid of all the “stuff” that makes your house a home. In order to successfully stage your home you must go through the process of decluttering your entire home. This process not only gives your home the appearance of more space, but helps to depersonalize it as well.

Start with these tips and your home will be clutter free and ready to sell! Remove any extra furniture that is not essential fordaily functionality. Go through your books, art objects, electronics and furniture and keep only the things that are especially useful, meaningful or beautiful. Remove at least 50% of the things you have in your closet. This gives  more storage space, which is exactly what buyers are looking for.

Look at all the stuff in your home and ask yourself these questions:

1. Does this item need repairs?
2. Why does this object live in my house and is this the best place for it?
3. Has the expiration date on this item passed?
4. Does this item help me live the kind of life I want to lead?
5. If this is a duplicate, which one is in the best condition, is of the best quality and will last the longest?

Once you have mastered the 3 D’s of home staging, you will be able to show your home with confidence. The stress and hassle that comes with selling your home will be greatly reduced and you will be able to look forward to starting the next chapter of your life in your new home.

Would like more information on what else you can do to get your home ready for your local market?  Contact us today!

Potential buyers make their decision to purchase your home in the first 30 seconds upon entering. First impression is the key to selling your home fast and for top dollar.

Follow these simple DIY tips and you are sure to make a quick sale!

De-clutter, clean, and organize all rooms in the house

kelowna Homes For SaleThis is the very first step in staging your home. Get rid of or pack up anything you don’t think you’ll need to use right away. Clean your drawers and cabinets (potential buyers will open them up to look inside). Get rid of any personal unusual items away. Make your home a blank canvas that a potential buyer can imagine living in with their own things.

Address any and all repairs that need attention

Inspect your house inside and out to search for cracks, paint chips, mold anything that may need repair. Invest the time and money into fixing these small things and it will make a huge difference in the selling price of your home.  Don’t forget to check for leaky faucets, squeaky doors, and burnt-out light bulbs. You may even want to consider repainting your walls with neutral colors so that they appear fresh and clean.

Update the style

Aim for a style that most buyers would like. Keep furnishings that appear homey yet classy to give the buyer a feeling of comfort when they walk into your home. Keep your color theme neutral and add punches of color with accessories. Read more