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 undecorate and 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

The Dining Room

  • Polish all visible silver and crystal

  • If is it a large room, 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. 2006 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





Minor Kitchen




Siding Replacement




Attic Bedroom




Deck Addition




Basement Remodel




Window Replacement




Roofing Replacement




Family Room Addition




Office Remodel