First impressions are everything when selling a home, so it’s imperative your home is “show ready” when you list it for sale. Some home sellers will hire a professional stager or decorator to help them with staging while others will go at it alone. If you are a do it yourselfer and choose to go at it alone there are several do’s and don’ts when it comes to staging. Below are 6 ugly staging mistakes that seller’s often make along with advice on how to avoid them.
If you have outdated or beat up furniture your best option is to replace it or remove it all together. Occasionally a slipcover may look good over a couch, but oftentimes slipcovers, blankets or an overabundance of pillows won’t help, they tend make the outdated or beat up furnishing a bigger eyesore than it already was.
Tip: If you can’t afford to replace unsightly furniture renting furniture may be a great option. Another option is to visit second hand stores for gently used items, which can be much more affordable than brand new furniture.
Making your home look like the Vatican is not neutral and will not be appealing to a majority of home buyers. If you live in a beachy area or an equestrian community you may be able to get away with some subtle decorative themes, but don’t let seashells or horses take over the house. There is a solid line between tasteful decor and cheesy decor that looks more like clutter and as a seller you need to know the difference.
Tip: Try to keep your home as neutral as possible when it comes to paint, furnishings and decorations.
Pillows and Towels
No matter how many decorative towels you use in an outdated kitchen or bathroom you are not going to distract the buyer nor is it going to improve the appearance of the room. Having a few towels is acceptable, putting towels everywhere is not. The same goes for decorative pillows. Pillows on the sofa, pillows on the floor, pillows on the bed, pillows on the kitchen chairs, pillows, pillows, pillows. Just like towels having a few pillows is acceptable, putting pillows everywhere is not.
Tip: Streamline pillows and towels throughout the home, the fewer the better and make sure they match the rest of the decor.
That fake ivy you have hanging in the bathroom is not appealing nor is the dusty fake plants sitting on top of your kitchen cabinets, it looks out of place and certainly isn’t going to help sell your home.
Tip: Add real flowers or plants tastefully throughout the home. Occasionally a really nice silk plant may be a nice addition and add appeal, but not always.
Placing an empty brand name box in a vacant walk-in closet is out of place and borderline tacky. Why would someone leave a Gucci box in an empty closet? Is it to give the impression that the person who previously lived there could afford a Gucci purse or shoes? This is a “staging” tactic I’ve never understood.
Tip: Empty boxes should not be used as focal points for staging.
Area rugs can ground a room and make it feel “finished” and warm, but they can also take over a home. There is no need to have area rugs in every single room, hallway and doorway. When a plethora of rugs are throughout the home it will sometimes make a buyer think the seller is trying to hide something, either damaged flooring or foundation issues.
Tip: Use neutral area rugs if they add appeal to a room and remove dirty, matted or smelly area rugs.
Properly staging a home isn’t always easy and sometimes it’s best to bring in a professional stager to ensure your home looks its best. Yes, hiring a stager costs money, but depending on your home and the real estate market conditions it could payoff.
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— Michelle Gibson (@WellingtonHomez) March 7, 2018
Additional Home Staging Resources
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- 40+ Home Staging Tips To Get Your Home Sold Quick! by Luke Skar
- Staging Your Home For Top Dollar, Low Cost Make Over Tips by Wendy Weir
- 10 Easy Home Staging Tips by Sharon Paxson
- Improvements That Will Boost Your Home’s Value by Bill Gassett
- A Checklist for Maximizing a Homes Appeal by Lynn Pineda
About the Author
The above real estate article “UGLY Home Staging that Does Not Work | Mistakes to Avoid when Selling” was written by Michelle Gibson of Wellington Florida Real Estate. Specializing in residential real estate since 2001 Michelle Gibson is experienced in assisting buyer’s, seller’s, landlord’s, tenant’s and would love to share her knowledge and expertise and guide you through the entire real estate process.
We service the following areas; Wellington, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Greenacres and more. If you are considering selling your home, we welcome the opportunity to work with you and list your home with a top Wellington FL Realtor