Doreen’s Favorite Things

Don’t get too excited here.  Try and control yourself, we don’t have medics standing by. I’m not Oprah, so I don’t have anything to offer you for free, except advice.  When it comes to real estate though, I do have a list of favorite things.  These are products that I have found over time that work well in regard to cleaning, staging and prepping a home for sale.  Not all of them are pricey; in fact you may already have a few of them.  I mention many of them in my listing presentations as I walk around a home to see what seller’s might need to do, to show their home in its best light. Here is a list my favorite things and why they made the list.  They are in no particular order.

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Glade Vanilla Scented Plug-Ins

The Vanilla and Lilac scent is ok too.  They give a nice warm undertone to a home.  Seller’s have a tendency to make a home smell too fragrant.  Buyers just want a home to smell clean, floral scents are often over powering.

Dyson Vacuum Cleaners

I am not going to get model specific, because I don’t think it matters.  I have pets and have a tendency to kill my vacuum cleaner every 2 – 3 years.  The Dyson picks up pet hair others leave behind.  It is great for picking up after the kids as well.


Candles are a great staging tool, because they work in every room of your home.  Try putting 3 together on a shelf, a dresser or centerpiece on a table.  They give a home a warm feeling even when they are not lit.

Area Rugs

Buy a couple to help divide a large room up, and give smaller areas more definition.

Shoe Boxes

How many of you have a closet with empty show boxes?  Shoe boxes are a great way to store items you don’t necessarily want potential buyers to see when viewing your home.


Bamboo lives a long time, just in water.  It’s a great plant to add to a room even if you don’t have a green thumb.  Try putting 3 stalks together in a clear vase with pebbles or glass beads.

Duvet Covers

Let’s face it, comforters can be pricey.  Duvet covers are a great way to use the same comforter when you change the décor of a room.  Or, if you need a new comforter you can save money and buy any pattern you want, because no one will see it with a duvet.


I use Kaboom on everything including my carpet.  I advise you test an area before trying this.


Books are another great staging tool that works in every room of a home.


IKEA is a great store if you are looking to re-do a room, add extra storage or if you simply want to finish a room with items like bookshelves.


One thought on “Doreen’s Favorite Things

  1. I love Kaboom and Fabuloso (did not make that up). Ikea can be a great resource, a lot of times I tell clients buy staging items you actually like and want to use again, that way they get excited for new additions to the home.

    One of my favorite things is fresh new hand towels – I hate dingy towels!

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