Avoid these Common Missteps and Stage to Sell

When putting your home on the real estate market, staging is a proven, effective strategy to help your home sell quickly, and for top dollar. To ensure your staging experience nets the desired results, be sure to avoid these common staging missteps.

Cricket Symphony Panic– Many sellers choose to hedge their bets, and don’t consider staging their homes until a lack of buyer interest necessitates a new selling strategy. National real estate statistics consistently show staged homes sell on average three times faster than unstaged homes.  Particularly in a buyer’s market, you need every advantage at your disposal to stand out among the competition.  If a quick sell is important to you, don’t wait for “cricket panic” to set in–stage early and strategically.

Neglecting Curb Appeal – This is a frequent and unfortunate staging pitfall. A buyer can easily lose interest in your property when their initial drive-by is disappointing. Particularly if your home is on the market and you have already moved out, ensure that your Realtor is taking care of the lawn maintenance, or hire a lawn care pro. Great curb appeal reinforces a buyer’s interest in your property, and is an important selling strategy to ensure buyers will take the next crucial step of requesting a home tour.

Castoff Decor – Staging your home with unwanted furnishings and décor is a mistake. It may seem like a good idea to take all the “good stuff” with you to your new home, leaving your castoffs to “stage” your home while it’s on the market; however, this is a tall order for outdated, worn or soiled furniture. If your staging says “welcome to my sad, tired home,” don’t expect an enthusiastic response from buyers. Bite the bullet and stage your home with the “good stuff,” and make do with castoffs at your new home until your home sells. If this isn’t an option for your, or you’re not interested in moving furniture twice, hire a professional stager to stage your home with current, stylish and buyer-friendly furniture and décor.

Less is More – When selling a home that is 2,000 square feet or larger, remember that “less is more” during the staging process. While it may be tempting to show off larger spaces by packing in more furniture and décor, beware! This strategy can backfire, making your large rooms feel crowded and appear smaller. Strive to stick to a neutral color palette, and furnish and accessorize minimally to emphasize large spaces to their best advantage. Following the “less is more” staging strategy will help your larger home stand out from the competition.