The purpose of staging a home is to make it feel warm and inviting inside and out. Start with the basics, replace burned out lights, fresh batteries in smoke detectors so they don’t chirp, replace broken or missing wall outlets and switch plates. Carpets should be clean and odor free. Fresh paint does wonders, use neutral colors. Windows, kitchen counters and sinks, and bath fixtures should sparkle. If you use furniture to stage your home less is more. Your rooms should appear spacious and uncluttered. Don’t forget about the basement, garage, and exterior. Use a shop vac to knock down those pesky cob webs and touch up those corners and hard to reach places. The exterior of your home provides the first impression your potential buyer will see when they pull up. The lawn, trees, and shrubbery should all be trimmed and well maintained. Gutters and downspouts should also be clean and attached. Ask your realtor for tips and suggestions.