1. Get it on a calendar
Plan the time it will take to put your staging plan into motion
Put together a staging budget. What can you spend to give your home a fresh look? Paint, plants, and decorative touches like candles & throws are a low cost option. Consider value-added staging. How much return can you expect from your investment?
Think about renting a storage unit. You don't need to throw it away... Just pack it up and put it in storage. It will be waiting to go to your new home.
4. Home Maintenance
No holes in the dry wall, broken light-switches, or electrical appliances that don't work. Now's the time to get everything in top shape and eliminate any potential "surprises" for your buyers.
Do a "super clean" to everything... every surface, appliance, under and behind furniture. Seek out the deep down dirt and make it all spotless. Have the carpets professionally cleaned and then to wrap it up, make sure the house smells great.
6. Identify the "Image Staging " you want to do and apply how it would best fit your home.
7. Identify the "Display Staging" that would apply to your home.
8. "Value Added Staging"
Does adding tangible value to your home make sense for your situation? Think about what might fit into your budget and determine what's appropriate for your home
9. Identify Resources
Who and what might you need to carry out your Plan? Electricans, Plumbers, Contractors or just people (friends) to help with packing and moving stuff to a storage unit. Check out the cable Real Estate shows for some great and free ideas to add into your Staging Plan. Don't forget the Internet and Magazines for some additional design inspiration. Spend some time writing out all the little details ("...I'll need to rent a truck... pick-up some boxes... get paint...etc.)
10. You Can Do It -
Once you've written down a plan, you're off and running...now start staging!!!