DIY Home Preparation Suggestions

If you’re up to the task, you can tackle some or all of the DIY home staging tips below before calling a professional home staging services company.

Of course, reputable home stagers can handle most of the tasks below, if required. That said, if you have the time and energy, and are looking to save some money,

there are numerous pre-listing preparations that will significantly improve the presentation of your home.

Here are fifty DIY home staging tips that cover different ways to upgrade the function and appearance of your property spending a fortune.


1) Go from attic to basement and eliminate all trash, broken items and unused junk.

2) Make weekly trips to a refuse facility, rent a dumpster container or use a junk removal company like 1-800-GOT-JUNK.

3) Have a garage sale, or bring good items to a consignment shop

4) Donate useful items to charity

5) Photograph items you want to remember, like children’s school papers, before you dump them.


6) Place off-season or seldom used items in bins or containers

7) Label bins so you know what you have inside

8) Store bins neatly in your attic or basement

9) Use a storage facility for large items you want to keep – you can also renting a PO

10) Remove at least one piece of furniture from each room


11) Remove all photos, trophies and other family items

12) Pack away religious items, sports items and favourite movie posters

13) Box up knickknacks such as spoon collections, porcelain plates and valuable ornaments

14) Eliminate large wall art or unusual accessories with strong colours or "distinctive" patterns - "distinctive" often means "not good"

15) Clear off magnets and mementos from the front of your refrigerator


16) Dust and vacuum floors, ceilings and walls

17) Scrub and wash all windows and trim

18) Clean or regrout tiles in bathroom, kitchen or laundry room

19) Clean all closets and cabinets

20) Shine, polish, wax or scrub all surfaces until they shine, including the fireplace and mante


21) Clean litter boxes daily

22) Remove pet bowls after feeding

23) Wash and dry pet bedding

24) Remove pet waste from yard daily

25) Board pets if possible


26) Clean carpets and rugs to eliminate stains and odours

27) Remove draperies and curtains that may contain odours

28) Refrain from cooking spicy or strong-smelling foods

29) Keep your home fragrance-free, and don’t burn scented candles

30) Empty garbage daily, and clean bathroom trash cans daily


31) Fix any non-working electrical outlets or appliances

32) Repair dings to walls, woodwork or flooring

33) Check plumbing for leaks, and repair (or replace) cracked or broken windows

34) Fix squeaky doors and cabinets, and make sure all kitchen and bathroom doors and drawers are functioning.

35) Reseal marble or granite countertops or flooring (if possible)


36) Change out heavy window treatments for light, airy curtains

37) Paint walls a neutral colour and keep colours light

38) Switch out unusual or very large light fixtures for standard fixtures

39) Replace brightly coloured accessories with neutral-toned accessories

40) Use high wattage light bulbs if possible, and be sure all light bulbs and
fixtures are washed


41) Paint or thoroughly clean front door, and polish or replace
old hardware

42) Wash door windows

43) Reseal or refinish front porch for a good first impression

44) Add a new welcome mat, light fixture or mailbox with classic styling

45) Place flower pots or urns with seasonal decor on front porch


46) Trim bushes and cut grass weekly

47) Manicure garden with attention to edging and weeding

48) Repair broken sidewalks, decks or porches

49) Remove all yard toys and trash, and repair and seal your driveway

50) Paint the exterior of the house if needed.