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Common Staging Mistakes

Thursday, February 14, 2019   /   by Amber Tice

Common Staging Mistakes

Creating the right atmosphere in your home, one which invites potential buyers to linger, takes much more than tidying up and opening the door.  When creating the right scene, it’s just as important to know what NOT to do when staging your home.

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1. Neglecting the Deep Clean – A clean and fresh home is the very first step. If the home smells like last night’s dinner and there’s cat hair in the corners, regardless of what else you do, it’s not going to sell.  Hire a professional carpet cleaner, dust and clean in those hard to reach spots, have your air vents blown out. All of these things will ensure your home smells clean and fresh as soon as that potential buyer walks through the door.

2. Leaving the Clutter – Of course you’re still living in the home, but it shouldn’t necessarily look like it.  Make sure to box up all those knick-knacks, unused furniture pieces, and family heirlooms and take them to storage.  Make your space look as open as possible. You want your potential buyers to see themselves living in your home. Give them the opportunity to do just that by freeing up some space.

3. Keeping Personal Photos In View – Again, the goals is to create a blank canvas on which the buyers can imagine their own belongings.  Personal photos should also be boxed up and put into storage. It would be in your best interest to leave some generic art pieces on the walls in order to create a vision for your buyers.  This will give them a idea of what will fit on the walls and how their own art pieces might look.

4. Bright Colors–You might enjoy the purple wall and orange carpet, but your buyers will find them distracting. Neutral accents are always better.  Choose a color scheme that compliments the entire house. You don’t necessarily have to paint the entire house the same color throughout, but you do want to make sure the colors you choose are in the same color family and harmonize with each other.  I would also recommend opening the drapes, and leaving the lights on during open house hours and/or when you have showings scheduled.

5. Over Accessorizing–Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Too many candles, throw pillows or furniture will just distract attention. Consider investing in a professional stager who can help make your home shine. Your real estate agent should also be able to help you decide how to organize your space as well.  Show your agent around your home and get their opinion on what should stay and what should go. Chances are they will be more than willing to help you out since they are ultimately trying to sell your home.

And of course don’t forget the outside of your home!  Make sure your driveway and front walkways are clear of snow and debris, add a welcome sign, or wreath to the door, and try not to be home during scheduled showings.  This allows buyers to speak freely about the home and if they see themselves living there.

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