After you have the property prepared and the exterior of home is clean, it is time to prep the interior of the home for show. Staging the inside of your home can be more difficult than you think, as the owner you are familiar with the house and have organized everything in a way that appeals to you, but over time the potential of the space is often lost to the clutter of possessions. It is important to remove as many unnecessary things from the home as possible. By taking things away you are creating an opportunity for buyers to imagine what they could do with the space, the potential that each room has for them and the things that they own.
Cleanliness is the factor that is going to determine the first impression that buyers are going to have of the home. Whether it is right or not they will predetermine the condition of the home itself based on how clean it is. Some of the things that many people forget clean are the ceiling fans, the baseboards, and the top of nearly everything. Make sure to check all of these things before you start letting people walk through home and judge it as well as you.
Refreshing the paint on the walls is something that should always be done before putting your real estate up for sale. As owners we tend to forget how bright the original white on the walls was. If there was smoking in the home the walls are going to have yellowed over time, you may not notice it, but potential owners definitely will. If there have been paintings or pictures on the walls for long periods of time they will leave a noticeable spot on the wall. You will want to make sure that the paint throughout the home is as uniform as possible, the ceiling, walls, closets, and especially behind any furniture or appliances should all be freshened up with a new coat of paint.
Making some minor upgrades to a few cosmetic things inside the home can make a large impression on people during a walk through or an open house. If price is not a huge concern updating appliances in the kitchen is the first thing that most agents suggest, if you are on a little bit of a tighter budget there are plenty of things that you can do that cost next to nothing. Change the drapes, valences, or curtains to update the overall look of any room. If you want to add some flare to the floor you can go with a small contemporary rug in a walkway or under a table in the center of the room. There are hundreds of ways to stage the inside of your home for sale, you can go with your gut and what you like, or you can always get thousands of ideas off of the internet.