Common Staging Mistakes & How to Fix Them

Posted by on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at 9:34am

If you watch home renovation and buying and selling shows, you know staging a home for sale will get you the most money for your home. Buyers want to be wowed and in order to have them overlook the downfalls of the home, staging the home will have them only seeing the great parts of the home. It can be a little bit of smoke and mirrors, but staging has been proven to work to help your home sell faster and for more money.

Did you know that I spend quite a bit of time helping my clients stage their homes and even perform much-needed renovations? I want to help you get maximum dollar from your home sale and I know exactly how to do it. But, there are mistakes that people make when staging their homes and this article will tell you the biggest ones.

Adding too much

Staging a home is a delicate process, which is why it is recommended that people enlist the help of a professional stager. Sure, you spent thousands on that gorgeous furniture and accessories, but if it only makes the home appear cluttered, it can actually make your home appear smaller. As well, you don’t want to make the home less appealing to buyers by having it seem too show-home. You want to give them the impression that their family will fit right in.

Not adding little touches

Staging isn’t just about artwork, furniture and space. Little things make a home appear more beautiful – you want to appeal to all of a buyer’s senses. For instance, adding a delightful smell will automatically arouse a buyer and they won’t know why. Fresh baked cookies or fruity air fresheners (not overpowering ones) will give your home that much more of an appeal. As well, adding flowers to the coffee table, glasses to a bar or decorative hand towels in the kitchens and bathrooms will just make the home appear finished and refined.

Making it personal

Staging is about attracting buyers, not decorating your home to your taste. Just because you love your glass pig collection, a buyer might not. Get rid of anything that screams “someone else owns this house!” and make everything neutral. Buyers want to envision themselves making memories in this home, not be dragged down by yours.

Not attending to storage spaces

Some sellers think of decluttering as shoving everything into the storage spaces. These spaces should also be staged in a way that they are neat and organized so potential buyers can see how they’ll get all their stuff in. If you’ve got closets full to the brim, buyers will assume the home doesn’t have enough storage and that can be a deal breaker for many people.

If you need help staging your home for sale, feel free to contact me for more information!


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