• Melanie Evans

14 Deadly Home Staging Sins to Avoid When Selling Your Waterloo Region Home

By now, almost everyone heard about the importance of staging a Waterloo Region home for sale. We real estate agents have made it clear that potential buyers want to see your house looking its best, warmly welcoming a new owner.

But staging a Waterloo Region home for sale requires more than just arranging the furniture. And bad staging can not only be jarring to homebuyers but can even make them question the validity of the asking price that until a few moments ago they had thought to be reasonable.

With this in mind, here's a look at 14 deadly 'home staging sins' you should avoid at all costs.

Rooms with a Theme

While it's important to match your interior décor to the type of your home (classic furniture, for example, looks wonderful in a Victorian), get rid of any over-the-top theme rooms before listing your home. A flowery bathroom crammed with imitation blooms and floral prints, or a bedroom dedicated to deep-sea diving, complete with scuba gear hung on the wall, will draw buyers' attention to your belongings rather than the room itself.

Elements that are Overly Personalized

We understand—it's your home, and you've arranged it to your liking. That's OK, but keep in mind that if you modify your property in an unusual or exotic manner, you risk alienating future buyers. Your gleaming orange kitchen cabinets may be your favorite, but most buyers prefer more traditional cabinets.

That doesn't imply you have to spend a lot of money on upgrading just to sell your house. However, before you redecorate, think about how long you expect to stay in your home. Choose a design that will appeal to a wide range of people if you plan to sell in the next few years.

Putting Your Family on Display

Lining the walls and adorning the mantel with family photos and trophies is one of the most common mistakes sellers make. There's a psychological aspect at play here: when buyers view a home loaded with personal items, they can't picture it as their own.

As a result, the cardinal rule of home staging is to take your family out of the picture. Put those photos and souvenirs away; you'll be able to bring them all back out once you've settled into your new house.

Failing in the Yard

It's easy to become so focused on the interior of your home that you overlook the exterior. Keep in mind that prospective buyers may frequently drive by your home before scheduling a viewing. They'll go on to the next house on their list if the view from the curb isn't appealing.

Because first impressions are so important, mow the grass, trim shrubs, rake leaves, and clean the sidewalks periodically while your house is on the market.

Repairs that Have Been Neglected

If you've lived in the house for a long time, you might not notice minor flaws in your home, but potential buyers will. No matter how well you've arranged the furnishings, a squeaky door, a broken doorbell, or a little crack in the window can all raise red flags to potential buyers.

Take a walk around your house and attempt to see it as if it were the first time. That way, you'll be able to spot and solve the minor issues that have accumulated over time.

Unintentional Use of Space

You've transformed that vacant bedroom into your hobby room now that the kids have moved out, but don't leave it that way when you put your house on the market. Make sure purchasers see three bedrooms if your home is offered as a three-bedroom.

Similarly, your living room should not resemble a personal gym, and your patio should not resemble a storage area for bikes and toys. Every area in your home should be furnished to suit its purpose.

Fake Props

It's tempting to use fake fruit and temporary furnishings when presenting a home you've already moved out of. Do not succumb to the temptation! An inflatable mattress on the bedroom floor or a bowl of fake apples on the kitchen island are never good alternatives for the real thing.

While home stagers may tell you that it's important for your property to appear "lived-in," fake items will make potential buyers uncomfortable. If you don't have any, borrow some from a friend or rent from a furniture store or staging firm that specializes in preparing homes for showings.

Closed Doors

Add this to your pre-showing checklist: open all the doors before you leave. Without having to open a door, buyers should be able to see into every area. Shy purchasers, in particular, who are hesitant to touch a doorknob, may overlook essential rooms and features. Keep all of your doors open so that everyone may see how lovely your home is.

Carpeting Calamities

Before you put your house on the market, if at all possible, replace the carpeting. The first thing buyers will notice is if the carpet displays evident signs of wear. Your old carpeting might also carry odors that could put off purchasers, even if you don't detect it with your nose.

Before allowing potential buyers into your home, at the very least, have your carpet professionally cleaned.

Displayed Collections

A messy interior will hurt your chances of selling your property, and nothing says cluttered like a junky collection crammed onto the shelves. Your shadow box full of souvenir spoons may be charming to you, but buyers may not feel the same way.

If you want to show off your personality while showing your property, select two or three of your favorite things and store the others until you accept an offer.

Furniture Setups That Are Uninspiring

Every item of furniture against the wall screams drab, drab, drab. If you move those chairs, sofas, and love seats away from the wall and arrange them more elegantly, your home will look nicer.

Set a couch and club chairs across from one another in your living room to create a conversation area. The snug seating arrangement is likely to appeal to buyers, and they'll be able to envision themselves enjoying the room with family and friends.

Furnishings That Aren't to Scale

Make sure the scale of your furniture matches the scale of your space. In a large great room with a vaulted ceiling, a small love seat with little end tables will look out of place. A large four-poster bed, on the other hand, can overwhelm a basement bedroom with a low ceiling.

Pay attention to the amount of furniture items in a room, as well as their sizes. A room with too many items will visually diminish floor space, whereas a room with too few would appear sparse and uninviting.

Using the Same Colors Across the Board

While it's a good idea to keep to neutral hues on the walls, don't use the same color everywhere. Your home will become forgettable if each room appears to be the same rather than having its own distinct personality.

While bright colors should still be avoided, you should mix up the neutrals by utilizing different hues in different rooms. As a result, each area will have its own distinct appeal.

Staging Every Room

It's not necessary to stage every single room in the house. In fact, a home that appears to be too flawless can make it difficult for buyers to imagine themselves living there. The living room, kitchen, and bathrooms are the most important rooms to stage because they are the rooms that sell homes.

Guest bedrooms and home offices can be left unstaged. Focus on cleaning and keeping the spaces immaculate clean in those rooms to create a "blank canvas" appeal that helps potential buyers to envision what they might do with the space.

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