3 Mistakes to Avoid When Staging a Home For Sale

Are you finally getting ready to sell your home? It's time to stage it for in-person showings!

Staging a home for sale isn't always easy. Sure, changing up your home aesthetics can be fun, but if you're decorating for buyers, there are extra considerations that you have to make. 

We're here to talk about some of the most common mistakes that people make when they're staging a home so you can avoid them. Read on to learn more.

1. Keeping Too Much Clutter in a Home

If you're staging a home that you still live in, you might be tempted to leave all of your things as-is. Sure, you've cleaned and tidied up, but have you gotten rid of all of the clutter?

Some clutter is acceptable. It makes a home feel more "lived in" and adds character. Too much clutter, however, makes a home look smaller, and it may deter potential buyers.

When you're staging your home, have someone else come look at it before you let potential buyers see it. It's likely that you've gone blind to your own clutter, so even if the home looks tidy to you, it's still a cluttered mess!

If you're not willing to declutter and get rid of things, consider putting them into storage until you sell your home. 

2. Over-Staging

As we mentioned before, it's a good idea to make your home look "lived-in" even if it's tidier than it would be if you didn't have potential buyers coming around.

Buyers want to be able to see themselves living in the home. When a home looks too sterile, it's not going to be appealing. Sure, all-white perfect furniture arranged neatly might seem like the right move, but do you think buyers can envision themselves living in that environment? 

It's best to choose furniture and decorations that a normal family or household would use. You don't have to get rid of all of your personal touches; you just have to make them look more intentional. 

3. Not Considering the Needs of Buyers

You need to stage your interior design for the types of buyers that you're trying to attract. This is going to depend on your specific home.

For small homes with one or two bedrooms, you're targeting buyers who may live alone or with a partner. Empty nesters who are downsizing or young couples who aren't starting families may want these homes. 

You can set the second bedroom (if applicable) up as an office or a tidy guest room

For larger homes, consider that you're likely targeting families with children. What do these people want to see in a staged home?

Even if you don't have children of your own, consider staging children's rooms or a nursery. You can also rent outdoor play equipment to make an appealing backyard for parents. 

Avoid These Mistakes When You're Staging a Home for Sale

Staging a home for sale isn't always easy, but if you keep these mistakes in mind, you can create the perfect space to attract your ideal buyers. Remember: avoid clutter, don't overdo it, and always consider the needs of your buyers.

Are you a San Diego homeowner who's getting ready to sell? We want to talk to you! Contact us so we can start working together today.

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