Gayle Harris Reveals The Top Five
Home Staging Mistakes People Make
Written by Gayle Harris, Licensed Real Estate Agent
During my time as a a real estate agent, I have seen some pretty terrible home staging mistakes. The worst part is that these slip-ups can cost the seller dearly, but could easily have been avoided with the consultation of a professional. Here are the most common staging mistakes to avoid when inviting buyers into your open home.
1. Personalised items on display
You may have a mantle of photos proudly showing off your children, grandchildren and extended family. While this is an integral part of your home, it can be a major turn-off for potential buyers. Personalised items such as photos, collections and decorative objects of specific taste (taxidermy animals don’t bode well with many people!) make it difficult for buyers to envision how the house may look as their home.
Simple is best. Clutter can be charming in a home, but not in a house that you’re hoping to sell. Clutter looks messy and will make certain people feel claustrophobic. Pack everything away neatly and leave surfaces clean and bare. You want your home to be full of light, space and fresh air, not stuffy and difficult to navigate.
3. Distracting decor
You might absolutely adore that hot pink feature wall, but it could be an assault on buyers’ eyes. Similarly, you may have spent an absolute fortune on a unique piece of artwork, but if it commands the attention of a room, you don’t want it at your open home inspection. This kind of decor distracts from a buyers’ ability to envision their own things in the house and focus on its structural features.
4. Blocking views or features
Choose pieces that will accentuate your property’s features, not hide them. You’d be surprised by the number of sellers who hide decorative elements such as antique plastering or original fireplaces behind furniture and completely forget that they’re there. These are the features that make a property unique! Likewise, ensure your furniture is positioned looking out towards any views, not towards the television!
5. Neglecting the front yard or entryway
The front yard or entryway of your property is a buyer’s first impression of it. Many sellers spend so long ensuring that the interior of their house is in ship-shape, that they forget about its kerb appeal. You don’t want to put off buyers from the offset, as this will overshadow their entire open home experience. Ensure your lawns are mowed, your garden beds are free of weeds and that the front of your house looks fresh and inviting. If you live in an apartment complex, it’s worth tidying up the entrance, lift and corridor to your unit if it’s been a while since the cleaners last visited.
Consulting a Professional
A real estate agent will have enough experience to know what buyers expect at an open home. Contact Gayle Harris today who will make your real estate selling experience a positive one.
If you want to sell your Fig Tree Pocket property quickly, for the best possible price, contact Gayle Harris today for genuine, personalised service! 0412 279 721.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of RE/MAX Profile Real Estate, the Global RE/MAX network or it’s agents.