Home staging tips to avoid

You probably know all about staging your home and how powerful it can be in selling your home faster and for more money. But what are the home staging mistakes to avoid?. It’s easy to assume there are certain home staging tips you can skip when it comes to your own home. They may seem unnecessary or frivolous, so you decide to overlook some of them. In reality, this can only hurt your chances of buyers connecting with your home. There are certain home staging mistakes, though, that can have the an adverse affect when selling your home.  Here are home staging mistakes you definitely want to avoid. Some home staging mistakes to avoid are:

Home staging tips to avoid. The use of strong custom colors or wallpaper on the walls, that are just overwhelming to most buyers, experimenting with colour and wallpaper can be a lot of fun however, it has no place in a home that is on the market. Color and wallpaper are very taste-specific, so while you may think they will entice buyers, they can actually turn buyers off, and make them feel like they have to invest a lot of money in undoing them before they can move in. It is best neutralize the walls with a nice neutral (beige or gray) so buyers can see past the design and imagine their own belongings in the space. Neglecting to decutter, decluttering is one of the most important steps in staging a home for sale. It goes farther than just cleaning things up. What would be considered “decluttered” to a house one is living in is different from the level of decluttering that a home on the market requires to make the best possible impression on buyers. Go a step further and put away small appliances that are on the kitchen counters, hide toothbrushes and other toiletries in the bathroom, and reduce the amount of furniture. Items around the house should be as minimal as possible. This helps buyers stay focused on the home and not the items in it. It also makes each space feel larger and more open. so clean out as much as you can.

Home staging tips to avoid. Just like personalizing the walls, the rest of the theme, should follow the same guidelines. Part of owning a house is having the opportunity to put your own stamp on it. If the home you are selling is largely personalized with a strong specific taste and style, most buyers will have trouble imagining their own belongings in its place. While you may feel like buyers should see past all of that, the reality is, most of them won’t. It will affect how they feel while they are veiwing the house and in turn, affect their desire to make an offer. It’s best to give them a blank slate with simple, contemporary accents. Keep personal photographs and artwork packed away. Family photos are some of the most distracting elements you can keep in a house that’s on the market. They remind buyers that the house they are walking through belongs to someone else and can even make many feel uncomfortable, like they are intruding on someone else’s space. This is the last thing you want them to be feeling. Put away family photographs and highly personalized belongings, until you move into your next place. Not doing a deep, thorough cleaning.Just like decluttering, the kind of cleaning a house on the market needs is on a different level than everyday cleaning.

Home staging tips to avoid.  Every inch of the home should be spotless and as close to looking brand new as possible. As homeowners, we come to overlook certain things, but buyers will be highly sensitive to a home’s cleanliness as they veiw it. They will be looking for signs that the home has been well-maintained over the years. We recommend hiring professionals to do a deep, thorough cleaning before listing. Then, be sure to maintain it every day, especially if you have children or pets living there. Over-staging the house. Home staging can help your home appeal to more buyers and, consequently, get it sold faster and for more money. But the wrong home staging can have the opposite effect. It is possible to over-stage a house. If you put out too many decorative pieces, it can start to look cluttered rather than staged. It’s important to be tasteful with your choices and not go overboard with the style. Blocking views and architectural elements. Something we see all too often is furniture blocking a home’s best selling features. Beautiful views and architectural elements can be big draws for buyers ─ so if you hide them, you could potentially be missing out on a sale! One of the worst offenders is covering up a fireplace. Fireplaces add charm to a home and are something a lot of home buyers would love to have, so they should be the focal point of a space. The same goes for a view. If a window shows a nice view of the backyard or something even more enticing, like a lake or ocean, then you should definitely be making an effort to draw a buyer’s eye to the window rather than away from it.

Home staging tips to avoid. Be sure to avoid these these common home staging mistakes to give your home the best possible chance at impressing buyers. Want more home staging tips?

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Post By Carolyne Hawkes Northern Beaches Estate Agents

 

Carolyne Hawkes is a Licensed Real Estate Agent with Northern Beaches Estate Agents. With nearly a decade of experience in helping clients sell and manage
their properties, with her systematic approach and negotiation skills, she offers high quality service with her knowledge, to all clients who are seeking to buy or sell their properties. Carolyne is a real estate specialist living and working on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney.