Avoid these 4 things when staging a home

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Living room interior with vaulted ceilings, wooden ceiling beams, fireplace, and beige couches and chairs and dark wooden coffee table

07/06/2016 | Author: Editorial Staff

First impressions can be pivotal when trying to attract a buyer for a home. Are your clients making the most of this opportunity with the staging of their home? Use the list below to help them avoid common pitfalls.

  1. Don't leave clutter in plain sight. Tackle the obvious items like counters and tables covered in papers, books, and other items. Are there other places, such as an entry closet doubling as general storage, that should also be addressed? If there is an overabundance of personal or family items, it might be worth reducing and organizing them better. Make it easy for buyers to visualize their own life in the home.
  2. Avoid items that date the property. Try to stage the home with contemporary styling. Remove old or worn furniture, consider packing away collectibles from earlier eras, hide decor items that convey a sense of the home's age.
  3. Don't stuff a room full of furniture. Too many items in a room can make the space feel crowded and small. Balance creating a sense of place for the room with maintaining an open feel. 
  4. Don't spend money on improvements that don't pay off. If your clients want to make some minor changes or updates to the property, use TAR's Texas Remodel Valuation Report to make sure they're not investing in projects that won't help them maximize their home's value.

Categories: Sellers
Tags: sellers, home staging, staging


Camelia Vera on 07/06/2016

Agents don’t be afraid to tell your clients to get rid of their personal photos and remove clutter from the floor and counters. Keep it simple. I use the truth, it will cost you x thousand, if you don’t get rid of this.

Glenn Still on 07/06/2016

The way I have seen #3 is that buyers will pay a lot more for a living room or game room than they will for a storage area- so the presentation needs to be as a living area or game room rather than storage area.

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