5 Home Staging Mistakes Sellers Must Avoid

October, 2016

If you’ve put your home on the market or you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, you’re probably already thinking about how you can highlight your home’s best features. Getting your home ready for viewings can be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be. By avoiding some of the most common staging mistakes you can make your home more inviting and encourage a speedy sale.

To help you get your property ready, here are five of the biggest mistakes home owners make when staging their homes. Ignore them at your peril!

1. Too much clutter

No matter how proud you are of your Star Wars figurines or Jimmy Choo shoe collection, most people viewing your home won’t be as interested as you. Pay careful attention to what you choose to display in each room. Large collections can distract people from seeing a room’s potential.

2. Being ‘nose blind’

If you have seen the famous Febreze ‘Nose Blind’ ads on TV, you’ll be familiar with this odd phenomenon. Over time, we tend to because immune to the smells in our home. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. Visitors to your home will be able to smell everything that’s going on in your home, from the stinky running shoes that haven’t had a wash for months to the dog’s much-loved bed. Do you best to air out your home properly before viewings. Unsure if you’ve done enough? Invite an honest friend over to put your home to the test.

3. Not cleaning properly

Dirty, dusty homes are pretty uninviting. If you want people to buy your home, you have to start by making them feel at home. The simplest, cheapest and most effective way to get your home ready for viewings? Clean, clean and clean again. Even if you have time for nothing else, make sure you dust, vacuum and polish your home until it shines like a new penny.

4. Neglecting outside areas

Sometimes, it’s not what’s inside a home that puts buyers off, but what lies outside. If your garden looks like a tip, take the time to clear away rubbish and unwanted items before your first viewings. If you don’t have a garden, it’s still important to pay attention to the exterior of your home. Making sure your front door is clean and grime-free ensures a great first impression.

5. Piling everything into cupboards

Getting a home ready for a viewing isn’t easy. It takes time and planning. However, this is the real world and we’re all busy. It’s all too easy to throw everything we don’t want to be seen into cupboards and storage bins. When family and friends are coming over, this is often the best move. After all, why would they open your cupboards. Unfortunately, this tactic won’t work for viewings. Home buyers will want to see every inch of your property – including inside your cupboards and storage areas – so don’t forget to take the time to clean and organise these areas. It could make all the difference.

Are you selling your home?

If you are thinking about selling your home, Weale & Hitchen can help guide you through the process. With over 25 years of experience selling homes across north Manchester and south-east Lancashire, our property experts are the best in the business. To find out more about our services or to arrange your free market appraisal, contact your local office today

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