Putting your home on the market is an exciting and overwhelming time. The place holds special memories for you and your family. In fact, it is normal to feel a sense of protectiveness when it comes to your home. However, this attachment may cause you to make some common mistakes when staging your home. You can avoid these by knowing these common home staging pitfalls.
While some collections are exceptionally nice, most of them need to be packed away during the staging process. Buyers want to envision their things, not your sellers’ things, in the space. Make sure to put away anything that holds monetary or sentimental value. Precious Moments, antique dolls, baseballs, beanie babies, beer cans, etc. You get the idea. Those are your things. Pack ’em up!
It’s important to keep the house “neutral.” You don’t need to advertise your political affiliations to prospective homebuyers. This could keep someone from even considering buying your house. Both political and religious items may turn off whole groups of buyers, because they cannot “imagine” your home as their home. Buying a home is an emotional decision, and you want potential buyers to make an emotional connection with your home by being able to “see” themselves in it.
You never know how someone will react, and a gun or rifle can elicit strong emotions from people. You want the house to be a safe environment, and displaying guns might make potential buyers walking through the home feel unsafe.
- While you might be an avid hunter, the buyer might have an opposing viewpoint. Remove anything stuffed — especially if it’s hanging on a wall. While potential buyers should have the capacity to look past any distracting decor, they might find the animal head trophy a bit creepy.
Sure, your pets are loveable and awesome and cuddly and did I mention awesome? Perhaps they even carry your last name because they are that much a part of your family, but at the end of the day, not everyone feels that way about pets, so leaving all their bowls, toys and other paraphernalia lying around may not bode well for your sale. When it comes time to show your home or take pictures of it, clear the home of any pets and pet gear and for the love of all things pleasant, keep their odors to a minimum
Getting too personal
Sometimes, homeowners tend to forget that home staging is intended to create a neutral canvas that will appeal to the majority of buyers. It is all about de-personalizing your home, and creating model home appearance that will look attractive to almost everyone. When staging your home, avoid bringing in your unique style and creating a look that appeals to just you.