Avoid these staging mistakes

If you’re selling your home, you may be considering staging it to get the maximum effect across to buyers. If you’re going to all the trouble, why let one mistake detail your efforts? Here are a few tips on how not to stage your home, as presented by Realty Times.

  • Failing to take advantage of natural light. If you’re blocking off the flow of natural light with furniture of heavy curtains, you’re doing it wrong. This is especially true if your home has great views. Show them off – don’t hide them!
  • Using dark colors. Your home isn’t a mausoleum. Don’t make it look like one. Use neutral and warm colors like grey tones, light blue, pale greens or beige tones and you’ll be amazed how much bigger rooms will look.
  • Getting too personal. Staging is all about the neutral touch so that buyers can see their own belongings and lives within those walls. Encourage that vision by presenting the look of a model home, not your unique vision.
  • Leaving pets at home during showings. Your dog or cat may be adorable, but he or she is not open-house material. Remove all traces of your pet, down to the dog crate and the litter box.
  • Neglecting the outside. Weeds and untrimmed grass do not a buyer entice. Make sure the outside of your home is just as appealing as the inside. That may mean new outdoor furnishings, or simply picking up the yard so that it looks clean and beautiful.
  • Only dealing with the main rooms. Don’t forget to also stage basements, closets and garages as prospective buyers will be looking at these too.
  • Thinking more is better. Make your house seem more spacious by scaling down your furniture to balance it with the size of the room and other furniture that is in it. People don’t want to have to tiptoe around your huge couch.
  • Forgetting fixtures. Do you have any burned-out bulbs? Replace them! Are all bulbs the same type? If not, make sure they are. Little things count for a lot.

If you’re selling your home, you may be considering staging it to get the maximum effect across to buyers. If you’re going to all the trouble, why let one mistake detail your efforts? Here are a few tips on how not to stage your home, as presented by Realty Times.

  • Failing to take advantage of natural light. If you’re blocking off the flow of natural light with furniture of heavy curtains, you’re doing it wrong. This is especially true if your home has great views. Show them off – don’t hide them!
  • Using dark colors. Your home isn’t a mausoleum. Don’t make it look like one. Use neutral and warm colors like grey tones, light blue, pale greens or beige tones and you’ll be amazed how much bigger rooms will look.
  • Getting too personal. Staging is all about the neutral touch so that buyers can see their own belongings and lives within those walls. Encourage that vision by presenting the look of a model home, not your unique vision.
  • Leaving pets at home during showings. Your dog or cat may be adorable, but he or she is not open-house material. Remove all traces of your pet, down to the dog crate and the litter box.
  • Neglecting the outside. Weeds and untrimmed grass do not a buyer entice. Make sure the outside of your home is just as appealing as the inside. That may mean new outdoor furnishings, or simply picking up the yard so that it looks clean and beautiful.
  • Only dealing with the main rooms. Don’t forget to also stage basements, closets and garages as prospective buyers will be looking at these too.
  • Thinking more is better. Make your house seem more spacious by scaling down your furniture to balance it with the size of the room and other furniture that is in it. People don’t want to have to tiptoe around your huge couch.
  • Forgetting fixtures. Do you have any burned-out bulbs? Replace them! Are all bulbs the same type? If not, make sure they are. Little things count for a lot.

Dreaming of San Francisco? Cece Blase offers local advice to San Francisco buyers, sellers and owners– and feeds the dreams of those who wish they could live in Tony Bennett’s ‘City by the Bay.’ Call 415-577-0809 or email cblase@paragon-re.com. www.ceceblase.com