When selling your home, you want to make sure your house appeals to as many potential buyers as possible and home staging does just that. It is one of the most effective methods to make buyers want to call your house their new home. However, everyone has different tastes which may not be the same as yours. Effectively staging your house helps the potential buyers visualize themselves and their family in your home despite any personal style differences. And don’t forget – staged homes sell more quickly and for more money! A study released by the NAR (The National Association of Realtors) showed that the increase in the sale value was typically between 6 to 10 percent higher that for non-staged homes in comparative price ranges and neighborhoods. In order to make your home shine in its brightest light, there are things you definitely want to avoid in order to properly stage your home. Make sure you avoid the following common home staging mistakes so you can sell your home faster and for more money:
Top Home Staging Mistakes
1. Neglecting Exterior Areas
Your homes exterior is the first things that potential home buyers are going to see so it’s important not to skip staging your home’s exterior. Make sure your grass is well taken care of and freshly cut. Fix fences and gates that are in need of repair. Clean up current landscaping by removing any weeds, old flower pots, etc and plant full-size, bright plants and flowers for “pops” of color. Your goal should be a warm and thriving garden that doesn’t make the buyers feel that they have a lot of work to do before moving in.
2. A Dark, Uninviting Entryway
You’ve heard of curb appeal, but what about “walking into the door appeal”? As it’s frequently said, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” and your front door and entryway can speak volumes when leaving that important first impression. After the exterior, your home’s entryway is the first thing buyers will see. Make sure you keep this area bright, open and clutter free to set the stage for a successful viewing.
3. Too Much Furniture
This is a very common in home staging mistakes. Filling up rooms with excess furniture creates a claustrophobic feeling and makes it difficult for home buyers to imagine making the space their own. They won’t be able to figure out how their own furniture will fit in the room. Avoid this mistake by paying careful attention to the amount of furniture in each room of your home, moving some to storage if need be.
4. Household Smells
Every home has a smell (good or bad), from pets odors to that lingering smell in the kitchen. After awhile, we get used to the smells in our home and no longer notice them. This will not be the case for the potential buyers coming in to view your home and they will notice the unpleasant or unusual smells right away. Make sure you are made aware of any bad smells (ask a friend!) and take the necessary steps to remove them before you put your home on the market.
5. Keeping Knick-Knacks on Display
This is a big no-no in home staging. You want to depersonalize your home as much as possible so potential buyers can see your homes best features and how it will work for them. Leaving personal items out does not convey a livable space – it makes the house remain your home. going through your books and magazines and pack, toss or donate any that you’re not currently reading. Keep only a few out for display. Remove any personal decor (especially family pictures) and knick-knacks from shelves, buffet tables and china cabinets.
6. Paint Choices
Dark bold colors can work in some rooms but should be limited through the home as they can make a room feel small and uninviting. It can also make your home unappealing as they can be a nightmare for new home owners to paint over making moving in to your house seem like more work before its their livable space. Stick with neutral, light colors when selling your home and while you’re painting, make sure to keep the color scheme consistent. Having each room a different, bright color takes away from the flow of your home.
7. Keeping your Kid’s Clutter
In many instances your child’s room can be a critical one based on the potential buyer’s family and future plans. For those that do not currently have children, perhaps they are of a younger demographic that intends to someday have kids. For those that do currently have children, properly staging your youngster’s rooms can make the difference between them buying your home or moving on to visit the next one on their list. Check out my post on Staging A Child’s Room for tips on what to do.
8. Leaving Rooms Vacant or Over-Staging
Leaving rooms completely vacant is a huge staging no-no. It doesn’t need to be filled to the brim, but you should have a few pieces displayed to show the room’s potential. Adding furniture to an otherwise empty room also helps hide any imperfections. On the flip side, you can have too much of a good thing, so make sure you don’t over-stage your house with furniture and decore that seems out of place. You want your home to feel welcoming and comfortable.
9. Not Cleaning Thoroughly
We all think our houses are cleaner than they actually are – but how often to you really look at the minutia details of your home? These are the areas buyers will notice first so make sure you do a deep cleaning of all your homes fixtures, nooks and crannies. If you don’t have the time or desire to do this yourself, a full home deep cleaning can be done by a professional cleaner for a minimal cost.
These are just a few common mistakes to avoid when staging your house to get it ready to sell. Staging a home can range from simple to complex but at the end of the day it’s about getting the most money for your house in the shortest amount of time.
Who Should I Choose To Stage and Sell MY Home?
Why not choose the very best? If you find selling your house faster and for more sounds like a great idea, then talk to Lynda Miller first. Find out why Linda was selected as one of Orlando’s Top 100 Realtors by Orlando Magazine for 2017. With over 20 years of experience in the Orlando real estate market, Lynda’s clients all say it best: Lynda sold their homes faster and for more money than they had anticipated. Let Lynda help you sell your home quicker and for more, as she’s done for so many other satisfied home owners. If you’ve decided to place your Central Florida home or house on the market, we urge you to call Lynda Miller today at (407) 620-2924 or contact her Online now. There is a difference in Central Florida’s realtors and Lynda truly is a Real Estate All-Star Agent!