Getting a house ready for its televised listing debut may be exciting yet hectic for you and your clients. Staging a home is not just about tidying up and rearranging the furniture from one place to another. It’s much more than that. It’s about how you present the house in the light of perfect colors, pictures, arrangement, angles, and so on. Avoiding staging mistakes is key to a successful showing.
The most effective staging tactics don’t necessitate the purchase of hundreds of thousands of expensive items. They demand you to think like a house buyer rather than a homeowner and avoid certain disastrous blunders that owners make while setting up their own homes.
To help you with your decisions while staging your house, we have three of the most important pitfalls to avoid while preparing your home for a potential buyer.
1. Not Decluttering Your Things
First impressions matter! Your home should look like it has a lot of space.
Decluttering is one of the most critical steps. We are serious, conceal everything; everything from your kitchen equipment to your dining table accessories to your toothbrush in the bathroom.
Allow people to envision their belongings in your locations. It all comes down to their vision, which should work in your favor. However, don’t take out so much that the house looks incomplete or unpleasant—balance optimizing space with creating attractive and warm living areas to catch the buyer’s attention.
2. Using Bold Color-themed Wallpapers
One of the most common mistakes is spending too much money to recreate the area with designer wallpapers and engraved themes. But you are incorrect here! While bold colors and wallpapers may fascinate with a quick look, they typically turn serious buyers off.
Color preferences depend on personal taste. Therefore, it’s no surprise customers might not like your color choice. To avoid this, don’t use vivid colors; instead, opt for neutral tones.
With that said, you can always decorate your walls with beautiful scenic or artistic paintings that can play around with neutral tones. It’s also a wise idea to avoid overly fashionable décor and trendy styles when presenting your home.
Choose classic furniture items and color palettes that are relaxing for decor and artwork.
3. Not Paying Attention to The Lighting
Dark rooms are sad. A well-lit room is more inviting and gives a fresh feel; for that, natural light is the best option.
Don’t forget to open the curtains and windows to let the fresh air and sunlight pass through the space.
Invest in good quality lighting if the room does not have sun exposure. Don’t shy away from changing your old light bulbs with clean new ones. Go for cooler temperature light bulbs with a natural effect.
If you have the budget, go for lamps and multi-layered lighting to give your house an added glow. Using minimal lamps with natural lighting help accentuate the overall look of your home.
Bonus tip: Go for ambient lighting for overall illumination, task lighting for work areas (e.g., countertops or desks), and accent lighting for areas of interest and/or a particular object of interest, such as a piece of artwork.
By avoiding these little home staging mistakes, you can ensure that the selling process goes more quickly and smoothly for everyone involved. Just a friendly reminder, staging doesn’t mean redesigning your home; it just means creating an environment where potential buyers may purchase your prized residence.