Here are some staging starting points, in order of priority:
- Begin with cleaning and maintenance. This includes repairs such as leaky faucets, cracked windows, torn screens, and so on. These are the basics of preparing the home for sale.
- Next, de-clutter and de-personalize. Ask the sellers if they would be willing to remove some of the excess furniture and personal items from an over-crowded room, or if they would re-arrange pieces, moving them from one room into another for a better distribution and traffic flow.
- Touch up interior and exterior paint, or re-paint with neutral colors if the color is too bold, and remove dated or worn wallpaper.
- Shop for a few new accessories such as candles, art, or replacement shower curtains or towels. (Decide on a budget ahead of time with the sellers.)
- Replace window coverings and bedding, if those items are dated.
- Replace outdated or tarnished light fixtures.
- Polish, or even refinish, hardwood flooring. Clean carpeting, or cover worn flooring with a new surface material.