5 things not to do when staging your home

Buying a home is a big decision — so big, in fact, that you’d think people wouldn’t worry too much about how the chairs are arranged or other superficial issues. However, home staging is one of the most important things you can do to sell a house fast.

Appearances do matter, and there is a definite art to properly staging a house to sell.

To help steer you in the right direction, here are five common mistakes you don’t want to make when staging your house.

  1. Showing your personality in a home. If you have idiosyncratic tastes or want potential buyers to see your quirky style, stop! Your home needs to be inviting and show charm. To put it simply, it needs to be a little vanilla. Your home style should appeal to most potential buyers, not just to you and your unique tastes!
  2. Blowing the bank on a single renovation. Everyone wants a beautiful, open-concept kitchen, but if you spend $30,000  renovating your kitchen while leaving the wood paneling on the walls and moldy carpet in the family room, that investment will do little to fetch the price you want. Instead, focus on little renovations and ways to beautify your entire home, not just one room or one part of your home.
  3. Decorating to the point of clutter. It’s pretty easy for home sellers to go overboard in staging, putting a plant here and an area rug there. Pretty soon your home will become crowded and busy. This is a major deterrent for home buyers. Keep the mantra “less is more” in mind at all times.
  4. Letting people use their imagination. You might think it’s a good idea to leave a room empty so people can picture how it will look. This just doesn’t work. Remember, your home is a stage, and it needs the proper amount of furniture and fixtures to make it pop.
  5. Not being obsessively clean. Everyone has different levels of clean they’re comfortable with. If you’re a parent, you probably don’t even see the scud marks on your wall or fingerprints on your refrigerator. A thorough cleaning can make a big difference in how people perceive your house and might lead to an offer that’s over asking price.

To learn more about staging your home, contact a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. With years of experience, they know the tips and tricks to help you get top dollar for your home.

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