Staging and Remodeling for Top Dollar

  1. Should I remodel? If I do will I get my money back on resale?

  2. Should I stage my home?

  3. How do I get started?

When your home is listed to sell it’s no longer your home: it’s a product to sell. You need to depersonalize your home so it will appeal to a wide range of buyers. To ensure that your home sale brings you top dollar you should keep your home meticulously clean, orderly and uncluttered.

Here are a few tips to get you started for staging or remodeling your home


Your Home’s Curb Appeal: attract buyers from the street!

  • Paint porch railings and posts

  • Paint the front door and the door buyers will be most likely to enter

  • Place a potted plant and new door mat at the door.

  • Move all garbage cans, discarded wood scraps, extra building materials, etc to the garage

  • Check gutters & roof for dry rot and moss, sweep & clean

  • Prune bushes & trees, remove dead plants, weeds & spread mulch

  • Keep lawn mowed, edged & fertilized

  • Clear patios & decks

  • Remove mildew and moss from walls or walks

  • Remove any outdoor furniture that is not in good repair

  • Take stains off your driveway

Presentation is Everything!

Grab their attention with cleanliness

  • Add a fresh coat of paint in light, neutral colors

  • Shampoo carpeting, clean and wax hardwood floors

  • Wash all windows, vacuum blinds and curtains, wash window sills

  • Clean the fireplace

  • Clean out and organize closets: pack extra clothes you won’t need again until after you’ve moved

  • Remove extra furniture

  • Repair problems – loose door knobs, leaking faucets, squeaky doors

  • Secure your valuables! Jewelry, cash, personal records and papers

Mudrooms – everyone’s back door

  • Pare down coats, hats

  • Remove shoes & boots

  • Clean, fresh pet bowls

  • Double as a laundry?

  • Use a hamper with a lid

  • Store detergents, etc in a closet or cabinet

  • Keep brooms, mops, pails & cleaning supplies out of sight

Kitchens and Bathrooms sell houses

  • Kitchen Cabinets

    • Remove everything you can do without – plastic storage containers, excess china, platters, pitchers & punch bowls
    • Clean appliances inside and out
    • Make certain all appliances are working properly
    • Unclutter counter spaces – no more than three countertop appliances allowed
    • Wax or sponge the floor
  • Bathrooms – go for the hotel bath!

    • So clean it looks never used
    • Make sure lighting is bright but soft
    • Remove or store in baskets in the drawers all
      • Toiletries, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream & razors, hairbrushes, combs & makeup
      • Medicines – both prescription & over the counter
      • Cleaning products, toilet brush, plunger
    • Remove hair from the drains & soap scum
    • Replace loose caulking and grout
    • Remove deodorizing spray from the top of the toilet tank
    • Buy new towels for display purposes only.

The Living Room

  • Make it cozy and inviting

  • Display a sofa and two chairs or a sofa and love seat or a sectional

The Dining Room

  • Polish all visible silver and crystal

  • If is it a large room, It may be an option to set the table for a formal dinner to help viewer imagine entertaining here

  • If it is a small room, have a vignette on the table center

The Master Bedroom

  • Organize furnishings to create a spacious look with well-defined sitting, sleeping and dressing areas

  • If it’s a smaller room, downsize the bed from a king to a queen or double

  • Remake the bed with new-looking linens

The Garage

  • Tidy storage and work areas

  • Clean the floor

  • Provide a strong overhead light

  • Remove all unnecessary items.

The Basement

  • Remove all unnecessary items – organize neatly what’s left

  • Clean and paint concrete floors and walls

  • Clean all utilities – the furnace, water heater, water filtration containers

  • Remove all cobwebs

  • Provide strong overhead light

The Attic

  • Discard or pre-pack any unnecessary items

  • Make certain air vents are clear and working well

  • Provide strong overhead lighting

Remodeling Payback:

The following information is from Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report. 2020 for the Manchester NH area.

  • Cost Data from HomeTech Information Systems, Bethesda, MS. HomeTech collects data quarterly from home contractors.

  • Prices include labor, material, sub-trades, and contractor overhead and profit.

  • Resale Data are aggregate data from over 20,000 appraisers, real estate brokers, real estate sales people


Job Cost

Resale Value

Cost Recouped

Bathroom - Midrange

$20,984 15,000


Minor Kitchen




Siding Replacement - Vinyl




Deck Addition - Wood

$13,329 $5,750 43.2%

Deck Addition - Composite

$19,332 $19,000 98.3%

Basement Remodel




Window Replacement - Vinyl

$16,555 $9,000 54.5%

Roofing Replacement - Asphalt Shingles

$24,001 $14,000


Garage Door Replacement




Master Suite Addition - Midrange


$75,000 54.5%