Staging, Full Design Work or just organizing and "decluttering"

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No matter if the real estate sales market is at its best or its worst so many sellers have the ability to increase their chances to sell by making one simple change.  Can it be that simple to sell your luxury real estate in Fort Lauderdale or anywhere across the U.S?


It is human nature to obtain a first impression in an instant.  Once that impression is created in someone's mind it is virtually impossible to change.  So many properties are listed for sale and quickly placed in the MLS.  A very important part of the listing must include a preview of the home and a checklist for the homeowner to complete PRIOR to taking professional photos.  This means that this important step must be completed prior to the property being entered for sale in the MLS.  A listing agent should go through a list with the homeowner to insure every area of the home is "Sale-Ready" to go on the market.

International Luxury offers its clients this list to insure their property is in perfect Sale condition:



Pressure wash home & walkways if necessary

Home exterior paint touched up if necessary

Prune trees, de-weed beds and be sure mulch is fresh

Bushes are trimmed and walkways are clear

Grass is cut and maintained.  (cuts should be increased in South Florida in summer rainy months)

Pool is being maintained.  Pool water is clear.  Pool pump is running.  Patio Furniture is in good condition, clean and neatly arranged.

Screens on lanai (if applicable) have no tears.  Screen doors are in working condition.

Decks are pressure washed

Dockage (if applicable) has no planks that need repair, pylons solid and lighting in good/working condition.



Garage:  Is neat and organized.  Start boxing up and going through excess items so homeowner can be prepared to move when home is sold.  Have a yard or garage sale to rid of items no longer needed. 

Paint condition throughout home interior:  Light and neutral colors on interior walls may make a difference in brightness, room size and reducing dislike due to a potential buyer's individual taste.  For example, a prospective buyer may hate a bright coral wall which may make a poor impression.  If the wall were white or off-white that reduces that negative feedback.

Kitchen:  Appliances are maintained and in sparkling condition.  Cabinets are organized and cleaned out. (buyers open to see space).  Kitchen flooring has had a heavy duty clean or buff.  If tiled, grout is clean.

Living / Great Room area:  Rooms are decluttered with minimal amounts of furniture.  Personal pictures and knick knacks are packed away.  It is imperative that the personal items are removed to offer the prospective buyer a feel that they are "at home."  Depersonalizing allows the buyer that opportunity. 

Bedrooms:  Bed is neatly made daily for showings.  Remove personal pictures and items.  Declutter room if too much furnishing.  Be sure all lights are turned on and blinds are open for plenty of light for showings.

Bathrooms:  Organize cabinets and drawers.  Take the opportunity to clean out and throw away unnecessary items.  Remove items from counters and put away.  Do not have personal robes, towels, etc. out in view.  Make the room seem open without much excess out or knick knacks on counters.

Dining Room:  Remove table cloths or place mats on dining table.  Remove personal pictures, items and knick knacks and pack away.







Before darker walls lots of accessories and heavy                      After:  off white paint, lighter furniture  furniture

The before and after pics show a brighter and more open space.  That in returns may give the appearance of larger space.  The heavy china cabinet in the before picture was moved as a buffet and top glass shelves were removed.  This balanced the room more and opened it up.

Staging services may be most valuable to assist seller's in getting their home ready to sell and in a more rapid period.  Homes that are staged have a much higher percentage in selling in a shorter period.  It is worth the time and small investment to accomplish this before listing your home for sell and placing the wrong pictures in the MLS.  First impressions are the Most Important impressions in selling your property.


Posted by

Andrea Tsakanikas

Licensed Real Estate Broker


(954) 630-1300 Local

(866) 908-MLS1 Toll Free

2701-C East Oakland Park Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33306


Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

What a great to do list for preparing a home to come on the market. In this more challenging market the home that shows better usually will get more interest. Especially if it's priced well.

Oct 14, 2010 10:11 AM