Selling Your Home January 10, 2024

7 Embarrassing Home Staging Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Home’s Value

When you’re staging your home to sell, you want to do everything possible to make it look its best. But sometimes, good intentions can lead to embarrassing mistakes that could hurt your home’s value.

Here are seven of the most common home staging mistakes to avoid:

1. Personal Photos Mementos
You may love your family photos and cherished mementos, but potential buyers don’t want to see them. They want to imagine their own family in the home, not yours. So pack up those personal items before staging your home.

2. Too Much Furniture
Too much furniture in a room can make it feel small and cramped. Reduce your furniture to the essentials and arrange it to make the space feel open and inviting.

3. Poor Lighting
Good lighting is essential in any room, but it’s critical when staging a home for sale. Poor lighting can make a space feel dark and uninviting, so open up the curtains and turn on all the lights before potential buyers come through.

4. Messy Kitchens and Bathrooms
Your kitchen and bathroom are two of the most essential rooms in your home, so they must be spotless when you’re staging them. Clear off countertops, wash dishes, and declutter cabinets or drawers. In the bathroom, hide personal items and ensure clean and clear counters.

5. Unmade Beds
An unmade bed can make a bedroom look messy and uninviting. Be sure to straighten the sheets and plump the pillows before potential buyers arrive.

6. Pets and Pet Messes
Pets can be a turnoff for some potential buyers, so removing them from the home during showings is best. If that’s impossible, put away any pet toys, food, and water dishes. And always clean up any pet messes before potential buyers come through.

7. Personal Items in Plain Sight
You may think your home is clean, but if personal items like mail or bills are in plain sight, potential buyers will think you need to keep up with the housework. Be sure to put away any personal items before staging your home.

Avoiding these seven embarrassing mistakes will go a long way toward helping you stage your home successfully and sell it for the best price possible.

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Trent Beaver (928) 916-1921