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Your Royal Highness: The CLEAN of Staging

 When we speak of staging, we talk of a lot of things. Like thinning, de-cluttering, organizing, rearranging, repairing, trimming, mowing, painting, etc… but Cleaning reigns over all.  The house on market should be cleaned as if Royalty was coming to visit… and remember royals wear gloves.

In today’s age, with all the cleaning products and resources out there, there is no reason to show a dirty house.  

Buyers notice and comment on dirt. Not only does a dirty home show bad, it distracts the buyer’s attention off the house and on to the dirt… they start thinking about what they would have to first go through to get it clean if they would buy a dirty house.

The rooms that need MOST attention are bathrooms and kitchens. Every nook and cranny, from top to bottom needs to sparkle. Buyers will look at these spaces MORE with “white gloved” eyes than ANY OTHER. So, extra attention may need to be devoted to these areas.  

So remember when the Royal buyers come to visit… keep it clean.

OH, and when showing remember to put the lid down on the throne!



Comment balloon 9 commentsCraig Schiller • September 24 2006 08:29AM


Those people need to invest in the least expensive form of clean up there is: Dynamite!

As I was reading this, I was thinking about the "lid of the throne," because it's one of my pet peeves. I laughed out loud when I read your last line. You're perfect. 

Kitchens..right.. Nothing makes kitchen counter space disappear more quickly than toasters, knife blocks, microwaves.. Oh my.. I could go on!

Dawn Shaffer

Posted by Dawn Shaffer Life is good! about 14 years ago

When I do listing appts to single men...the first thing I mention is the lid. They just don't understand until I explain it. Then a lightbulb goes off.

And, do you have any preferred cleaning products that you think do a good job? Come on, spill your secrets Craig...pleeeeeeeeease.


Posted by Eileen Landau, ABR, CRS, e-PRO (BAIRD & WARNER, NAPERVILLE) about 14 years ago
i feel ill.  I saw the pics before I could read the post, and now I can't read it because then the pics will be back on my screen!
Posted by Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel (Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel) about 14 years ago

Craig, I've heard it before, I've said it before, we won't always understand the way people live in their home. ASP Stagers and ASP Realtors are constantly telling the homeowner, "The way you live in your home and the way we market and sell your home are two different things because your home doesn't get a second chance to make a great first impression!"

hope you didn't have to deal with this one

Carol Rumak, ASP

Posted by Carol Rumak about 14 years ago

"Craig The Funny Evil Guy"

What a "Purrific" play on words. As always...Excellent post! Misty and I have problems with dirty houses. You can only imagine the smell of bleach in mine. I even request that the Cleaning Companies use bleach to clean our vacant will kill anything! 409...a temporary fix!


by "The Lovely Wife"...Kum La Ka Lakka...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 14 years ago
Craig...why are you the funny evil guy by the way....I must have missed the lovely wife's post where she coined that name for you...
Posted by Professor X (NONE) about 14 years ago

How about windows??  There is nothing more frustrating than trying to sell a view with dirty windows!  As for the lid on the thrown.........I go into all of our listings and walk around the bathrooms putting lids down before I even let agents in.  Love your blogs.                Ines

Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) about 14 years ago
Craig!  Your right!  There is absolutley no reason to show a dirty home.  I just wish some of our clients would understand that!  LOL
Posted by Home Design, Home Design and Real Estate about 14 years ago

I always have them buy and new lid....even if they don't think they need it. YUCK

Phyllis Pafumi

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) almost 14 years ago