Mahomet Illinois Real Estate Agent Jeff Haskett
Jeff Haskett e-PRO, GRI, MBA, TRC

Staging Your Home

Tips for Staging Your Home


1.  Curb Appeal is a must.  If your home doesn’t put on a good show, who will bother to come to view the inside?  Keep yard watered and mowed at all times.  Placing some bright flowers near the front door is nice touch. 

2.  Make the bathrooms shine!  Remove all gritty soap scum, and possibly repaint if needed.  Bathrooms (especially the master) are a big deal for buyers.  Neatly place neutral colored “fluffy” blankets on all towel racks. 

3.  Paint colors:  Neutral is the way to go, a light brown/tan works the best.  White is no longer the best option for showing off your home. 

4.  Windows:  Light is a good thing when selling a home.  If the new owners want less light, they will take care of that with blinds, etc.  All windows should shine, because buyers will look out every window while viewing your home. 

5. Clean that dirty fireplace.  Having a freshly painted/clean fireplace is a must.  Repaint with heat resistant paint (typically black).

6.  Kitchen:  Must be cleaned for all showings (including the fridge).  Counter tops and Appliances must match and be price appropriate for the home.  If comparable homes have granite tops, and stainless appliances, so must you. 

7.  Wood floors:  Make them shine with an good wood cleaning.  In many older homes, beautiful wood flooring is hidden underneath outdated carpet.  Remove carpet and possibly refinish the floors. 

8.  Patio:  Pressure wash deck and make it look new again!  If the deck is wooden a coat of neutral stain/sealant will really help.   

9. Clutter:  Remove all clutter from the home.  Your home’s closets should only have a few items in them, not filled to the ceiling.  Do you have too much furniture in a given room?  Remove some furniture from the home to make it appealing to more buyers.  

10. Pets:  If possible have the animals watched by friends or family until home is sold.  Pet odors/stains are not something that will help you sell your home.  If impossible to remove animals, keep home free of pet hair and odor as much as possible. 

11.  Flowers:  Adding a few bright flowers in the dining room and bathrooms will make a difference.  If using real make sure they are fresh at all times. 

12.  Contact an experienced Realtor® to help you with staging the home.  I have staged many homes, and know what buyers are looking for in a home. 


by Jeff Haskett

Mahomet Illinois Real Estate Agent Jeff Haskett


Buying or selling Real Estate in Champaign, Illinois will probably be one of the single largest investments you will ever make. The real estate agent you hire is an integral part of that real estate transaction. Contact me for all of your Central Illinois and Champaign Illinois Real Estate needs.


What sets me apart from all of the other Champaign Illinois Realtors® is my innovative use of current technologies, creative and unique marketing ideas, and a desire to offer unmatched customer experiences.


What is my home worth? When is the best time to Buy? / Sell?  What are my financing options? How is the real estate market in Champaign, Mahomet, Savoy, Urbana, Tolono, Monticello?

These are all great questions that I receive all of the time. I would be happy to discuss any questions that you may have about the complicated real estate market. Real estate is so specific from home to home, or individual to individual that a broad answer typically will not work. I would be happy to meet with you and tailor a game plan for your specific needs.

If you are looking to buy or sell, I would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business!

I was born in Gibson City, Illinois and have lived in Central Illinois my entire life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I married my wife Jessica in 2005 in Neoga, Illinois. We have two wonderful children and a third on the way. A few years back, we realized that we were outgrowing our home in Champaign and decided to buy a larger one in Mahomet.

Early in my life, I realized that I have a strong passion for real estate. I continued my studies by attending Eastern Illinois University, earning both a bachelor’s in business management, and then a master’s degree in business administration.

My formal real estate licensing training started right out of college. I first received my Florida Sales Associate license, and worked in the Pinellas County Florida market. When I first joined the Pinellas Realtor Association, they had over 5,000 Realtors. Training in such a large and competitive market has given me the experience and skills that many in Central Illinois do not have. If you are looking to relocate to Tampa, Clearwater, or St. Petersburg let me know, I would be happy to refer you to a trusted agent. I still maintain my license and strong connections with other qualified Realtors in Pinellas County.

After my training in Florida, I decided it was time to bring my services back “home” to Central Illinois. I immediately tested for and received my Illinois real estate broker’s license. The licenses have since changed in Illinois and sales associates are now considered brokers. I decided to maintain the level that I previously had, so I now possess a managing broker’s license.


Over the years I have earned many real estate specific designations/certifications. These include:


The e-PRO Certification Course is an educational program unlike any other professional certification or designation course available.  It is comprehensive and Interactive. It is sponsored by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and is specifically designed to help real estate professionals thrive in the competitive world of online real estate.

TRC (Transnational Referral Certificate)

This course prepares real estate professionals to make and receive compensated referrals using the transnational referral system developed by the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations—ICREA. Students will learn how to integrate international referrals, resulting in increased income, into their business plans.

GRI (Graduate Realtor ®Institute)                                 

The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation. REALTORS® with the GRI designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients.

Contact me today for all of your Champaign Illinois Real Estate Needs.

Put my 10+ years of Real Estate experience to work for you!

Jeff Haskett e-Pro, GRI, MBA, TRC

Licensed in Illinois and Florida

State of Florida Sales Associate License: SL3059601

State of Illinois Managing Broker License: 471-001542

by Jeff Haskett