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Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid

We all know we’re in a seller’s market, but it doesn’t mean it’s not important to properly stage your home for sale. Staging will make your home stand out among the competition, and while you probably know you should declutter, clean, and neutralize your space, there are some pitfalls you should avoid in order to put your home’s best foot forward.


Being too neutral

You’ve no doubt been told that one of the secrets to successfully staging a home is to neutralize your decor. But there is such a thing as being too neutral. You want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves in the home — you don’t want to put them to sleep as soon as they enter. You can choose neutral shades for walls and furniture, but don’t be afraid to add some personality in other ways. You can do this with colorful throw pillows, pretty bed linens, interesting art, or even one or two beautiful flower arrangements in the space.


Forgetting the outside areas

Luckily, in South Florida we know that outdoor living spaces are just as important when selling, as the interior rooms. So don’t forget to stage them to create an inviting and peaceful space. Be sure to make the space look tidy and inviting. Don’t be afraid to add items like rolled towels by the pool, or an ice bucket with brightly colored plastic cups nearby or a tray with lemonade on the outdoor table. You want to demonstrate to buyers how the whole property can be used, not just the inside.


Forgetting to stage the closets

Ample storage can be a big selling point, so remember to stage a home’s closets and rooms. Clothes closets should be well-organized and uncrowded, so pack up or store shoes or clothing that pack the space too tightly. If needed, paint closet walls and thoroughly clean flooring or carpet. Neatly arrange linen closets and pantries to make them look as roomy and accommodating as possible.


Paring down too much

While removing clutter and personal objects can be a good idea when staging a property, completely stripping rooms of accessories and details can leave a sterile, uninviting environment. Be sure to leave ample lamplight, especially in rooms without overhead fixtures. A few simple decorations in each room can add color and interest.


Overlooking pretty views

A home doesn’t have to have a sweeping vista to capitalize on a pretty view. Open window treatments and position furniture to show off a pretty garden, flowering shrubbery, a graceful tree, or a charming gate. Take advantage of attractive interior views, too, such as a welcoming fireplace, a striking bookcase, or an interesting piece of artwork.


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