Putting your home on the market requires a lot of work, specially if your want your home to be sold as soon as possible. You will need to think of a lot of factors like the competition (we mean that there are a lot of homeowners who wants to sell their house within your location too), your location and your price among others. So, let’s say you did get your home staged plus you got some tips from other sources on how to properly stage your home. But be aware that not all home staging techniques and ideas are applicable. Because not all homes are the same. Who knows, maybe the tips or ideas that you got are old and outdated. Remember, the ultimate goal of home staging is to make your home attractive and appealing to all kinds of home buyers and for them to make an offer as fast as possible. By avoiding these 9 things while you stage your home, you are making your home more neutral to every home buyer available. And in return, this makes your home a step closer from being sold.
1. Over dressing your windows
While it is still nice to beautify your window (as we have mentioned in our previous blog), you should be able to determine if you are over doing it or not. Decorating your windows excessively might turn off a potential buyer because the way you decorated it might not be within their taste. Also do note that windows do play an important role on every room that is staged because this is where natural light comes from. And light should always be in your favor when staging a home. Click here if you need some tips on how to stage your window properly.
2. Bake some treats
This seems to came from real estate agents… from long ago. So, this means that this idea is already outdated. As per them, it makes a home feel cozy and welcoming. And as time goes by, home buyers are slowly getting aware that this practice is a sales ploy. So, skip this idea.
3. Making your home smelling crisp and clean
We’re not saying that you need to get your home to be stinky instead. What we mean is that your home should also smell neutral in buyer’s noses. Not every one is a fan of scented, aromatherapy candles or any artificial perfumes and scents for home. Who knows, maybe your potential buyer is allergic to those. But a good old-fashioned fresh air should always be okay.
4. Playing music
You may say that a room-inspired tunes should be okay because it is neutral. But every person has its own music taste. Once again, our goal is to make your home appealing to all kinds of home buyers. And the chances of your buyer getting annoyed instead of pleased is likely because the unpleasant melody that did came from your house could probably be stuck in their head.
5. Accessories on your house
We usually accessorize our own house to our preference to make our home more personal or if we are expecting visitors coming in. But in this case, it’s different because we are selling a house. Once again, our goal is to make a home neutral looking to buyers. It’s difficult for home buyers to imagine themselves inside your house if you still have your photographs or souvenirs hanging around. If you do have accessories, specially the personal ones, it would be best to keep it while you are staging your home.
6. Having a lot of matched sets
Matched sets are good to have because they give the sense of uniformity. But having too much of it makes a home feel dated. Home buyers of today are looking for places with character and charm. With that in mind, doing a little mix up by pulling in furniture that differs slightly in color or style but still looks like it belongs in your space should be okay.
7. Holiday decorations on your home
Every potential buyer has their own tastes and preferences and they will always try to apply that in every home that they try to check out. It does makes sense to have an Easter bunny or Easter eggs hanging around your house if your house is on the market at Easter time. But not all potential home buyer is a fan of Easter. So, resist the urge on putting holiday decors on your home and let it sell by itself.
8. Using dark colors
Deep, dark colored rooms became a popular design trend because they can be lush, elegant and dramatic with the right selection of furnishings. But then again, that was few years ago. Dark colored themes in a house makes it uninviting. And it is also notoriously hard to sell.
9. High artworks
This can easily be sorted out by making sure that the wall art is centered at eye level (or about five to five and a half feet above the floor). In our opinion, this height seems to be a common point for any person that might be short or tall. Hanging your artwork at the sixth- or seventh-foot mark gives an impression of awkwardness and unwelcoming in a room. And also take note that not all potential home buyers are tall 😊.
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