Just like when you’re taking listing photos, you’ll want the home to look as perfect as possible. Encourage the homeowner to declutter as much as possible. Since you’ll be opening up closets and storage spaces, they may need to rent a temporary storage unit for their things if they don’t have alternative housing lined up yet.
Cleaning is also very important, especially if the home is lived in. Make sure to scrub windows and trim, wipe up floors and clean out fireplaces. Buyers might be turned off if they see scum or grime in hidden corners.
Finally, it will be time to stage. While we generally consider home staging to be a good idea for most home sellers, it’s up to you if you think it will improve the sale price of the home.
If you don’t think it would be worth the hassle, you might want to consider a service that can provide virtual staging services, such as iStaging or roOomy. These companies can both add furniture, decor and new wall paint to make rooms pop—all without the hassle of redecorating in real life.