Five Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid

Here are Five Home Staging Mistakes to avoid in order to sell your home.

There is a lot of information out there and many of it can be confusing. Here are some common mistakes made while preparing your home for sale.

1) KEEPING IT TOO PERSONAL - A potential buyer needs to picture themselves living in the house, and it’s not easy to do when they've got a lifetime of someone else's memories staring them in the face. Personal items such as family photos, diplomas, and even religious artifacts must be packed away

2) CREATING A THEME ROOM - The entire purpose of staging a house is to show off the positive features of the space. What you want a potential buyer to remember are the selling points of the home, like the beautiful hardwood floors, enormous eat-in kitchen, and natural stone fireplace. You don't want them remembering your house for its Star Wars-inspired dining room or jungle-themed master bath. Chances are, that's all a potential buyer is likely to remember, and that is not a good thing.

3) CHOOSING THE WRONG PAINT COLORS - Paint colors can be very personal. But you want to make sure that anyone viewing your home will feel like they can move in tomorrow, not leave them pondering how much time it will take and what it will cost to have those teal green walls repainted. While a neutral palette might sound boring and tempt you to add some color, neutral shades are more likely to appeal to the aesthetics and furnishings of more buyers. Add color with artwork and accessories, but don't force it on them with bold paint schemes that won't work for most.

4) MISLEADING POTENTIAL BUYERS - Staging should make the positive aspects of a house so appealing, potential buyers are willing to overlook a few negatives. Purposely trying to conceal any problems can be a deal breaker when the truth is inevitably discovered. Your goal should NEVER be to hide anything from the buyer. For example, shoving a wardrobe in front of the bedroom window to block an ugly view is not acceptable. Instead, soften that view with a pair of light sheers and highlight the soaring ceilings and original woodwork. Now the negatives are no longer the main focus and nowhere near as distracting, and the room has nothing to hide.

5) GOING OVERBOARD WITH STAGING - Perfectly set dining tables, bathtubs filled with water and rose petals, a breakfast tray on every bed ...all of this screams theatrics and buyers can see right through it. Potential buyers walk through a house in literally minutes, so why place attention on a houseful of props when the goal is to sell the house?  While this type of staging might work for a model home, the average house already has too much to look and this just distracts buyers. Make sure to keep the focus on the space itself and not all the extra stuff!