Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid
Staging a home is essential if you want your home to sell fast. When you are ready to put your house on the market, your real estate agent will take a look around the inside and outside of your home and let you know what you need to do to get your home ready to be photographed and ready for showing. This means thorough cleaning, complete decluttering, and making sure that your home is spruced up and ready to put its best foot forward.
The Right Staging Can Sell Your Home Fast
The first step to staging your home is to have a plan. Work with your real estate agent and take their suggestions. Simple home improvements, like new fixtures, fresh paint, and discarding dated décor will make a big difference. Once your real estate agent says your home looks ready, have professional marketing photos taken, list your home, and make sure to keep it looking just like the pictures until it’s sold!
Mistakes to Avoid When Staging Your Home
Some mistakes are obvious. If your home is full of clutter, toys, and dirty dishes in the sink, it won’t show well. You don’t want the buyer to feel as though they’re walking into someone else’s mess, and any good real estate agent will tell you that. However, some mistakes aren’t as obvious.
Going Too Neutral
You want the sellers to picture themselves living in your home, but if you go too beige or gray, your buyers may feel like they’re in a hotel. While using neutrals is a good idea, it’s also important to add some personality with a pop of color. You don’t want to go with design trends – they become dated quickly and you don’t know what your buyer wants – but you do want a traditional style with some personality.
Even if you aren’t planning to change the colors, you should give your home a fresh coat of paint. New paint makes a huge difference.
Rooms that Feel Dark
Light is your friend. If you have heavy drapes, take them down and add light or translucent curtains to accent the windows but let in the sun. Add plenty of lights to each space to avoid any dark corners, and make sure that all the bulbs match.
A Home that Feels Too Lived In
Your home should be clean – thoroughly clean. Take the time to deep clean and make sure there are no grimy stove burners, dingy carpets, dirty windows, or dusty blinds. While you are showing your home, it needs to look – and smell – like it’s just been cleaned.
Staging a Home Means Making the Buyer Feel at Home
When you sell your home, you need to stop thinking of it as “your” home and start allowing buyers to think of it as “their” home. A well-loved home may make you feel nostalgic, but for a buyer, they are looking for something that feels brand new. Declutter family pictures, the artwork on the refrigerator, and the other personal touches and save them for your new home. You want to create a space that a buyer feels they can step right into and add their own touches.
If you want to sell your home fast, staging your home and taking pictures that show off the best features is the most effective way to do it. Although it may be hard to let go of the memories you made, allowing a new owner to put their mark on your house can help you move on to your next home quickly. If you’re ready to sell your home, contact Amberwood Real Estate to set up an appointment with one of our real estate agents. We can help you sell your home fast.