13 Common Staging Mistakes

13 Common Staging Mistakes

Below are the 13 most common mistakes we see with staging:


1. Decluttering

Avoid jamming everything into the closet when you’re getting ready to show your house. Storage space is a high priority on your buyer’s list, if they see there isn’t enough room for the seller’s things then there won’t be enough room for their belongings.


2. Personal photos

Depersonalizing your house of family photos and memorabilia will keep from distracting the buyer and allow them to focus on the home and to picture their own family portraits on the shelves and walls.


3. Showing vacant

Buyers tend to spend more time in staged homes than in vacant properties. The longer you can get them to stay, the more likely they will fall in love with your home and put in an offer! Adding furniture also gives the buyers a good idea how they can use additional rooms and gives them perspective if their furniture will fit.


4. Withering plants

The perception is that if the seller can’t maintain a plant, then they haven’t kept up on maintenance on the water heater, air conditioning, plumbing, etc.


5. Excess furniture

There should be at least 36 inches of walkway around the furniture. Remember, less is more and allows buyers to think the room is bigger.


6. Boring beige

Yes, keeping major furniture and rugs neutral is smart, but don’t be afraid to add a splash of color in small accent pieces like pillows, throw blankets, art, and flowers.


7. Patio neglect

Outdoor living is becoming more popular to today’s buyers, create an irresistible ambiance where the new buyers can enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or a drink after work.


8. Pets

We all love our pets, but that doesn’t mean your buyers will. It’s important to remove all traces of the pet, including toys, food, and the pet itself.


9. Art hung too high

Art should be hung where the middle is about 62-64 inches from the ground, as that is the average person’s eye level.


10. Area rug too small

The area rug should be large enough where the couch and chair’s legs should be able to rest on the corners.

11. Intense paint

Before putting your property up for sale, paint the pink and lime green walls to a more neutral color to not detour buyers. This will also set up the buyer’s mindset to envision your house as a blank slate to make their own.


12. Carpet allowance

Modern day buyers want a move in ready property, so if everything else is up-to-date, then replace the carpet instead of offering a carpet allowance to keep your property as stress free as possible.


13. Deep clean

This should be a no brainer; a dirty or unfinished houses do not sell. Everything should be spotless and sparkling from the baseboards to the ceiling!



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