Home Staging Mistakes To Avoid

By: Joshua Campbell

Home Staging Mistakes To Avoid

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For many potential buyers, staging can influence and impact how they perceive a property that they are interested in. If not done correctly, staging can make a home look cheap. To avoid any staging slipups, be sure to follow these four steps!
Clean Up Outside and Inside

The best thing to do before you list your home for sale is to clear out clutter and unnecessary junk. Your home should look like everything has a place. Consider how others will judge your space in your photos and public open houses. Do not forget about making the exterior look appealing too. Cutting the lawn, repainting, and getting rid of any old patio furniture will create a more welcoming space. Buyers look to the set-up of your home as a reference for their lifestyle. 
Leaving Personal Belongings Behind

Having personal belongings such as family portraits is an acceptable feature, but if it overpowers a room or the entire feel of the house, it can be unsettling potential buyers. Your home is your oasis and buyers want to feel like they can make it theirs too. Opting for a neutral look in terms of decor and personal items will invite more potential buyers. 
Scaling Rooms

If your furniture is too big for a room, it will look like there isn’t enough space. Buyers look to your furniture as a guide on how they may style. You can fix this by checking the scale and proportion of every room. Furniture should only take up between 1/2 and 2⁄3 proportion of the space. For example, that means the length of your sofa should be 1/2 to 2⁄3 the width of the nearest wall. 
Not Enough Light

When staging your home, it is best to make it look as open and well lit as possible. Letting in natural light will make your home feel more welcoming and less daunting. Lastly, ensure you turn on all lights for all photos and showings to make your home feel larger than it is.

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