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Jun15

3 Mistakes Sellers Should Avoid When Staging Their Homes

In the age of online real estate listings, potential buyers decide whether or not they like the house based on the photos you include in your listing. Proper staging, along with good quality photos, are vital for attracting potential buyers. If they like what they see, that’s the only time they’ll go out and really look at your house. 

When done right, home staging often leads to homes being sold faster and for top dollar. If you are considering selling your home, you want to make sure that it is well-staged. 

Here are 3 mistakes sellers should avoid when staging their homes. 

Too personal

While you may have a soft spot for your grandmother’s vintage armchair and needlepoint pillows, some people may not find them attractive. 

When selling a house, you want buyers to envision themselves living there. But if the house is filled with your personal belongings such as personal photos and heirlooms, they may have a hard time picturing it as their own. Your goal is to establish a blank slate. Get rid of any items that would suggest that the house isn’t theirs. You must remove yourself from the equation. 

Confining furniture to walls

Far too many people feel obligated to push their furniture against the wall. If every piece of furniture is up against the wall, it creates an awkward, empty space in the middle of the room. Furniture spacing and placement are keys to function and comfort. 

Overstaging 

Staging is supposed to enhance your home’s features. It should make your home look nice and more attractive to potential buyers. However, some sellers get overwhelmed and add too much furniture in each room. 

When you add more items to a room, it becomes cluttered and cramped. If an object doesn’t serve a purpose, get rid of it. It’s better to have too little than to have too much.