The Esperson Group

Home Staging

According to the results of a survey size of 2,076 REALTORS© conducted by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Research Group (2019), 53% of respondents reported that staging a home has an impact of reducing the time a home sits on the market. Also, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (2019), respondents to the survey, approximately 92%, reported that staging a home will affect a buyer because “staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.”

Are you thinking about selling your home? The first step is to reach out to us at The Esperson Group, as we will work with you to prepare your home for sale. Additionally, we’ll help get your home or other real estate listed in our network of systems, including EXP REALTY, The Houston Association of REALTORS® MLS,, and several online IDX-connected websites globally.

In the meantime, Use our guide to home staging to help you get started thinking about what you can do to begin preparing your home for sale.

Source: National Association of REALTORS® Research Group (2019), Impact of Time on Market: 2019 Profile of Home Staging. National Association of REALTORS®. Retrieved from

Things you can do

  • Walkthrough each room and critique the home from a buyer’s perspective.
  • Consider getting a professional home inspection to see if any repairs are needed.
  • Hire a contractor to handle any major projects.
  • Hold a yard sale. Sell, donate or trash anything you don’t need.
  • Thoroughly clean the entire house
  • Scrub tile in kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Clean hardwood floors.
  • Steam clean carpets and drapes. Consider replacing carpet if stains are prominent.
  • Get rid of dust bunnies.
  • Repair cracks and holes in walls.
  • Paint interior walls with neutral colors, like beige, cream, or light pastels.
  • Tip: pale blues and greens are suitable for bathrooms.
  • Remove excess and oversized furniture.
  • Rearrange furniture to maximize space.
  • Organize room closets and store out-of-season clothes.
  • Remove all small appliances, toys, magazines, and pet items.
  • Remove family photos, personal collections, and medications.
  • Remove rugs to show off hardwood floors.
  • Pull back drapes to showcase nice views.
  • Stage the front porch or deck with furniture and potted plants.
  • Make sure fireplaces are in working condition
  • Clean backyard and pool area
  • Mop and wax/polish the floors
  • Clear all countertops.
  • Replace outdated hardware.
  • Clean appliances and fixtures.
  • Clean and organize the pantry, cabinets, and drawers.
  • Replace old caulking around sinks and bathtubs.
  • Remove stains from sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.
  • Keep all toilet seat lids closed.
  • Hang fresh towels.
  • Bake cookies or burn scented candles.
  • Offer light refreshments.
  • Install higher wattage incandescent light bulbs to brighten rooms.
  • Turn on all lights.
  • Open windows to let in fresh air.
  • Open curtains or blinds to let in natural light and show off views.
  • Turn off TVs.
  • Relocate pets on the day of the open house.
  • Refrain from smoking in the home.
  • Paint the home’s exterior, including trim, doors, and shutters.
  • Check front door, doorbell, address number, and welcome mat.
  • Power wash siding and windows.
  • Inspect the roof and make repairs and needed.
  • Repair cracks in the driveway and sidewalks.
  • Sweep entryway and walkways.
  • Mow, water, and fertilize the lawn.
  • Trim shrubs and trees and rake the leaves.
  • Plant colorful flowers and shrubs.
  • Store toys or equipment lying in the yard.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.