October 17, 2019 by Emily HuddlestonUpdated on November 11th, 2019
With such a competitive housing market, staging is a critical step in the home selling process. Not only does it make your home stand out in listing photos, but it also helps it appeal to a wide range of potential buyers. A well-staged home will mask years of wear and tear, and can help it sell faster and for more money.
However, the simplest mistakes can be deal-breaking. Which is why we asked home staging and design experts to share some of the biggest staging mistakes they’ve encountered that can turn potential buyers off.
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners can make is not working with a professional stager to create a plan for success when preparing their homes for sale. Stagers look at the home in a holistic way and address potential items that would deter a buyer from moving forward.
– Amy Parker, Parker House Designs
Today’s buyers are looking for homes that have been well cared for and are move-in ready. Listing a home before it is ready is a mistake that will result in low buyer traffic and lower-than-list-price offers.
– Kimberly Bowlin, Southern Allure Staging & Design
Three things sell a home: location, price, and condition. You, as the seller, are in total control of the condition. Therefore, taking the time to do the tasks advised by your real estate agent or home stager will pay off in the end.
– Mikaela Rios, Imagine Gurus
As important as it is to show your staged home to visiting prospective buyers, it is equally important that the pictures of your staged home are professionally shot and displayed on listing websites.
– Nidhika Singh, Impressive Staging
Areas that require attention and are inexpensive to fix are worth going the extra mile to take care of. It allows for clearer professional images and shows potential buyers that care was given to the home.
– Dominique Calhoun, Remix Living Interior Design Firm
A common and easily-remedied home staging mistake is to not update the wall/trim/cabinet paint colors and light fixtures. Fresh paint and light fixtures take decades off the look of a house and add so much more value than cost.
– Cindy Gasior, Transitions Staging
While making simple home improvements will provide a great return, all-out renovations with floor plan changes and high-end finishes will likely not be a wise investment.
– Catherine Heleniak, Catherine Heleniak Home Staging
Items like wallpaper borders, Corian countertops, sponged painted walls, 1980’s swag draperies, dated light fixtures, and furniture from decades ago won’t do anything to attract buyers. Instead, remove the dated wallpaper and border. Add a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color. Remove dated window treatments and replace them with solid white or gray drapery panels. Update light fixtures. Upgrade countertops to quartz if possible, and if you have to have the dated furniture in the room, cover it with a neutral slipcover.
– Donna Allen, Dramatix Decor
The ideal height of art is 60 inches from the center of the picture to the floor. If the art is hanging over a furniture piece, like a headboard, the items may hang a few inches higher, but 60 inches is the magic number.
– Jana Uselton, Model My Home