Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The popular saying, “first impressions last,” applies to staging and showing off your home to potential buyers. Their perception of your property, cramped or spacious, shabby or tidy, depends on how it looks when they first encounter it.
Make your home more desirable by avoiding these home staging mistakes…
1. Showing unkempt landscaping
Having some garden space in a home is a big plus for most home buyers. However, make sure that your landscape is presentable. Overgrown plants and poorly maintained lawns tend to turn off rather than entice buyers.
2. Displaying family photos and personal items
If you still live in your home, hide family photos and personal items such as trophies, awards, toy collections, etc. Turn your home into a neutral space with minimal accessories, leaving room for buyers to imagine themselves in their new home.
3. Keeping outdated décor
Do your best to get rid of outdated décor such as gold bathroom fixtures, overly done window treatments and patterned carpets.
Remember that potential buyers have the option of buying a new home, so try to make your home look more contemporary without overspending.
4. Using bulky furniture
Bulky furniture can make spaces look smaller than they actually are. In the real estate market, you are selling space and floor area so when it comes to home staging, the appearance of space is crucial. You might want to temporarily remove furniture from the home to achieve this.
5. Not getting rid of clutter and dirt
The cheapest way to make your home look instantly newer, cleaner and more desirable is to get rid of clutter and dirt. Clean the bathrooms and kitchen thoroughly to remove grime on grout lines and corners.