7 Top Staging Don’ts

Tracy Sterling —  January 12, 2016

Preparing a home for the market entails many things. Don’t get overwhelmed by the details, and begin by fixing these 7 avoidable staging blunders.

  1. Less is usually more in home staging. Keep decor simple, and definitely dismantle themed Number 1rooms. This beach-themed bedroom, complete with umbrella, does not make me want to buy this house or take a vacation.
  2. Don’t over-personalize your decor. If you know your house is going on the market in the next few years, be mindful of design choices when you remodel, or you could decrease your pool of buyers. Don’t choose a counter top with grape details, for example.
  3. Number 3If your house is going on the market, seriously consider every surface in your home, especially walls and floors. Think neutral. This bedroom is the opposite of neutral. When potential buyers view your home, you don’t want them considering how much time and money it will take to paint over a blindingly blue room.
  4. Need inexpensive ways to prepare your home for the market? Clean, clean, clean. Scrub everything. Rent a carpet shampooer if necessary. The small investment and resulting sweet smell is worth every penny! While you’re at it, declutter! Get packing and fill boxes with knickknacks and more.
  5. When preparing your house for the market, don’t forget to tend to your yard. Shovel sidewalks and driveways. Rake the leaves. Clean up flower gardens. Trim shrubs. Sweep your sidewalks and porches. You don’t want to lose any showings because drive-by shoppers can’t get past the mess at the curb.
  6. Even if you have overlooked needed home repairs and updates for years, potential buyers will see every one of them. Fix that cracked window pane. Replace the broken doorknob. Paint the fence. Update fixtures and brass knobs. A little sweat equity goes a long way in real estate.
  7. Don’t misuse spaces; bedrooms should be bedrooms, Number 7not closets or catchall rooms. Patios should be staged as relaxing outdoor spaces, not left empty or as toy storage. Who knew this cluttered space is an entryway? Certainly not potential buyers. And not a good first impression!

Article adapted from HGTV.

Tracy Sterling

Tracy Sterling