Home Staging:7 Mistakes To Avoid

The ultimate goal of home staging is not only to showcase your home in its best possible light, but also to enable prospective buyers to imagine how they will fit into their potential new home - do it right and you could help sell your home quicker, do it wrong and you could make it harder to sell your home.

With that in mind, here are some mistakes you should avoid when staging your home.

Skimming over - A quick dust won’t cut it, you will have to clean the house from top to bottom. No one wants to see dust bunnies, cobwebs or soap scum when trying to imagine their lives in a new house.

Clutter bugs - No potential buyer wants to become distracted by collections of knick-knacks or a stack of bills, pack these things away if they are going to move with you. If they aren’t, sell or donate them. Not only are making packing easier, you are also making your home more attractive to buyers.

Over-personalised space - You want a potential buyer to remember that this could be their new home and not that it is your current home. It might be a time consuming effort but pack away any item that is very personal, like family photos or sentimental items.

Bland paint - You should be keeping wall paint neutral, but do not make the mistake of thinking that beige is the way to go all over the home. There are many different neutral options available that will still be beautiful without being bland.

Wall comforts - Many people make the mistake of thinking that if they push all the furniture against the wall that they are making the room look bigger, that however is simply not true. All they are achieving is making the room look odd - instead choose a layout that helps emphasise the flow of the room.

Overlooking minor flaws - We know selling your home is a hectic time and there isn’t always enough hours in the day to get everything done, but overlooking minor repairs will make it harder to sell your home. Potential buyers will notice that leaky faucet and they will notice that the drain pipe is rusted - fix these things to make your property easier to sell.

Ignoring smells - Make sure you air your home and wash carpets to get rid of any lingering pet or cigarette smoke odors before you show your home. You don’t want to potential buyers to remember the “stinky home” when they could be remembering “our future home” instead!

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