By Christine Rae, Jan Saunders Maresh

Part of Home Staging For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Sometimes, part of the plan of staging your house is to make it look its best for an open house. An open house is always nerve-racking, so before any potential buyer steps foot in your house, make sure you do all the things in the following list so that your house looks its sellable best:

If the views are good open all drapes and blinds. Shake out the front welcome mat and sweep away any dust,
debris, spider webs.
Turn on all lamps; agents will turn on the overhead
lights.
Add fresh flowers to any room in the house and fruit to your
kitchen.
Make all the beds. Wipe the sinks after doing dishes or washing your hands.
Empty all the garbage and waste paper baskets. Clean the stove top and counters.
If you have a good sound system, play music Sweep the floors.
Pick up and put away things that should be out of sight.     Mop the floor if you haven’t done
so in the past two days.
Remove pets

Bathrooms are a world unto themselves. Make sure each bathroom gets all the attentions in the following list:

  • Clean toilet seat, rim, and lid. Leave toilet lid down.

  • Swoosh toilet bowl with brush.

  • Wipe off mirrors and faucets.

  • Squeegee shower doors.

  • Spray entire shower and curtain liner with shower cleaner after every use.