What to Look Out for When Staging Your House

by Steve Robinson 03/31/2019

Preparing your house to sell can mean different things in different markets. You want your home to be competitively priced and attractive to the buyer, so you put some extra effort into staging and end up with no takers. What happened?

Despite what you see in decorator magazines and on television, sometimes less is more, way more when it comes to staging your home.

Here are some areas to watch out for when following staging “advice.”

  • Over the years, real estate agents have shared the notion that freshly baked cookies or bread evoke a warm and welcoming atmosphere. But unless you're offering the treats to share, leave the baking to the shop down the street. The idea has run its course and appears to be just what it is—a sales tactic that might backfire on you.
  • In the same vein, don't light scented candles all over the place. What seems delightful to you may be overpowering to your potential buyer. They may be wondering just what you're trying to cover up. Instead, open the windows and air it out. Or use an odor-removing spray with a "fresh" or "linen" scent.
  • Don’t cover the windows. Don’t buy new blinds, new drapes, new valances, or sheers. Just don’t! Your windows should be as lightly-dressed as possible. Remove or pull up shades to let the dazzling sunlight stream through the clean glass. Chances are, your buyer has different taste from you, so spending money on new window coverings would be a lose-lose!
  • Leave the music and television off. Since you don't know your buyer's taste in music any more than you know their taste in candles, allow the home's everyday sounds to become music to the buyers' ears.
  • Don’t decorate every surface. It’s easy to do when using magazines or home décor shows as your guide, but savvy buyers want to see the nitty-gritty surfaces. They want to know what they’re buying, and not worry about what you’re covering up with all that stuff.
  • During holidays or events, don’t overdo the celebratory decorations. These become distractions and may turn off your buyers.
  • If you've painted a room a deep shade of red or purple, consider painting it light and bright before your open house. Regardless of how popular they are in theory, homes with darker shades don't sell as quickly as lighter hues.• Don't leave family portraits and very personal items hanging on walls or filling display spaces. You want the buyers to imagine themselves there, not to see you.

When staging your home for sale, opt for less, not more. Less furniture, fewer window coverings, and limited décor give your home its best chance. For more ideas on home staging, talk to your local real estate agent.

About the Author
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Steve Robinson

Hi, I'm Steve Robinson and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.

Transitioning to selling real estate came naturally for me, having successfully invested in many of my own real estate deals over the past 35 years. I know how to find a property that is a good purchase, whether it’s for you personally or for investment purposes. I also have experience selling homes and getting the maximum value for them. I am a skilled communicator and negotiator, and I focus on getting the best deal for my clients. I also have a keen eye for what work needs to be done to a home and the cost involved as you seek to either stage your home or inspect a home that may need work. I am completely committed to serving my clients; going above and beyond what is expected to make sure you enjoy top-notch results.

My background? I raised three great kids and they are almost through college now. For twenty years, I taught history at an independent school, as I invested in real estate on the side. In addition, I coached three state champion mock trial teams, and honed my communication skills as a part of that work. I have a masters from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University in diplomatic history, which helped me to understand the world and relate to people of all backgrounds and cultures. My hobbies include skiing, sailing, hiking and biking. I decided recently that as much as loved teaching, I wanted to finally commit to the world of real estate full-time. It’s in the family blood, since both of my brothers are professional real estate investors, and real estate is like breathing to me.

I look forward to serving you and helping you to find the best deal possible.