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What Should You Not Do When Staging a House | Staging Mistakes

Posted by Heartland Properties on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 at 12:23pm.

Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid

When selling your home, you’ll want to stage it for both showings and photos. A properly staged home makes your home more appealing to different buyers. To make your home appealing to the most buyers, there are some common staging mistakes to avoid. Here is what you should not do when staging a home.

Not Cleaning Enough

Familiarity in a space can often result in overlooking minor details. These minor details can quickly add up when prospective buyers walk through your home. Not cleaning adequately is something you should definitely not do when staging a house. Corners full of dust or cobwebs, grime in your shower, and, perhaps worst of all, unpleasant smells that you no longer notice, are all things that prospective buyers will notice. Make sure you clean everywhere and, if possible, get an outside opinion so they can point out things you overlooked.

Leaving Your Furniture As Is

Using your furniture to fully utilize your home’s space is essential in showing off its full potential. One common mistake is pushing furniture against the wall. Large rooms actually look smaller when the space in the center of the room isn’t being used.

Another example of what you should not do when staging a house is hanging paintings or artwork incorrectly. Hanging art too low or too high can make a space look off, so make sure everything is hung at eye level for the average height.

Avoid Needless Upgrades

It can be tempting to upgrade your home to increase its value before a sale, but while that’s a great idea, make sure that the upgrades have a high return on investment. Typically, kitchen and bathroom upgrades have the highest return on investment, but they need to be focused on the right things.

Some often overlooked home improvement projects are landscaping projects and, believe it or not, door and window upgrades. However, a home office, fancy wallpapers, and other niche upgrades, like a swimming pool, don’t often translate into a higher return on investment.

Not Getting an Agent

Having a real estate agent who knows what people in your market are looking for will make the staging process a lot easier. They have experience selling homes and know the do’s and don’ts of staging. They can also connect you with professional stagers who may have tips or can stage your home themselves!

At Heartland Properties we’ve been serving the area for years, helping people buy and sell homes. We know what people are looking for and what you should not do when staging a house. We would be happy to help you avoid the staging mistakes that affect many home owners like you. Give us a call today!

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