Step 3 to Selling Your Home: Declutter and Stage!

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Once we’ve completed paperwork, we will walk you through your home making suggestions of things to declutter, and how to stage the space for optimal buyer appeal.

Together, we will discuss and decide if we can stage with the furniture you have, or if we need to bring in a staging company.


In my experience, most sellers can get by with simply decluttering and storing excess items with a short-term storage company.

Interstate and JK Moving both offer clutter buster packages will help move and store items while your house is on the market. They may even offer discounted rates if you also contract them for the move after the sale.

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If staging is required, we will request several quotes from different companies for the best rate and quality of services.

Staging can cost thousands of dollars and isn’t for every property.

Together we’ll discuss to pros and cons of each option. Higher end homes benefit more from staging than smaller lower priced homes.

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After Decluttering and Staging

Once decluttering is finished, and staging is in place, we can schedule our photographer to take listing photos. The quality of these photos is imperative to the success of your sale.

We use a professional photographer because amateur photos can cost you several thousand in your final sales price.

We can provide a list of decluttering tips, but be mindful that we will make a personalized list at the listing appointment.

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Do you have a property in Northern Virginia you would like to sell?

We can help sell your NOVA Property! Call 703-539-2053 to discuss your home’s value or receive your free home value report done by an experienced Northern Virginia Realtor®. We are here to help you with all of your Northern Virginia real estate needs.

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Are you ready to start the home selling process?

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Step 1: Hire a Realtor

Step 2: You’ve Hired Your Realtor. What’s next?

Step 3: Declutter and Stage!

Step 4: Conduct a Pre-Listing Inspection

Step 5: Repairs

Step 6: Deep Clean

Step 7: Professional Photography

Step 8: We’ll Pre-Market Your Home

Step 9: We’re live on MLS, now what?

Step 10: Putting your home listing on 3rd party sites (Zillow,, Trulia, etc.)

Step 11: Time for Showings

Step 12: Week One on the Market

Step 13: You’ve got your first offer!

Step 14: We couldn’t come to agreeable terms with the buyer. What now?

Step 15: Offer was accepted! Congrats!

Step 16: The Home Inspection Period

Step 17: Financing and Appraisal Contingency Period

Step 18: Select a Title Company

Step 19: Scheduling closing date

Step 20: Hire Movers, Start packing!

Step 21: Utilities Transfer

Step 22: Home Owner’s Insurance Cancelation

Step 23: Hire a Cleaning Service

Step 24: Buyer’s Mortgage Approval

Step 25: Final Walkthrough

Step 26: It’s Closing Time!

Step 27: Review Us

Abraham Walker, Your Realtor

About the Author: The above article was written by Abraham Walker, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent, helping clients market their homes to achieve high sales with a quick closing time is my main priority.

He’s the co-founder of Ask A Walker and can be found on YouTube, Facebook, and HERE on this blog.

Abraham can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at (703)539-2053.

He’s happy to answer all your real estate questions.

Thinking of selling your home? Check out my 20+ step process to selling your home. Or contact me now to start the home selling process. Same day appointments are available on a case by case basis.

Your Alexandria, VA Realtor, Abraham Walker, helps people sell and buy real estate in the following Northern Virginia area cities & neighborhoods: Kingstowne, Island Creek, Cameron Station, Overlook, Alexandria, Old Town, Belle Haven, Fort Hunt, Mount Vernon, Springfield, West Springfield, Burke, Lorton, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Manassas, Annandale, Fairfax, Arlington, McLean, Reston, Herndon and of course Vienna.