Essentials for Your Home Staging Toolkit

Essentials for Your Home Staging Toolkit

The adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” absolutely applies to selling a home. If you don’t catch the attention of potential buyers the second they step into a home you may have lost them as a potential purchaser right then and there. So the first step to selling a home is to impeccably stage the first room that your prospects will see, so that it captures their imagination. Buyers want to see themselves in the home and more often than not that first room makes the difference – staging it right allows prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Many real estate agents use a professional home staging company, but whether you are a seasoned pro or you are just starting out, you need to have a staging toolkit of your own. Even a home that has been professionally staged will still need your personal touch, particularly in the first room that prospects enter. Here are the must-have items for every real estate agent’s staging toolkit. You’ll be glad to have these items when you spot a dusty table or chair just before those open house prospects arrive:

  • Container with lid
  • Lint roller for quick cleanup of furniture
  • Felt floor protector pads for furniture legs
  • Scratch remover for hardwoods
  • Mini level
  • Gorilla glue (a hot glue gun also comes in handy)
  • Tape (blue painters and scotch)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Extension cord
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Cleaning supplies, including microfiber cleaning cloth for dusting
  • Carpet spot and stain removers
  • Paper towels and extra roll of toilet paper
  • Trash bags

Often, home sellers will be living in the home until it sells, so having these tools at your disposal can also come in very handy – you never know when your role might quickly change from agent to jane-or-jack-of-all-trades.

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