Staging a home to sell can be challenging. It’s important to make potential buyers see the best features of the home so they can imagine themselves living there. But if the home is older, or outdated, it can be tough to play up the good features of the home. The way that the house is staged can mean the difference between getting an offer on the home or having the home sit for months. Avoid making these home staging mistakes when you’re trying to stage a home to sell fast:

Not Painting The Rooms

Even if the home already has neutral paint in most areas a fresh coat of paint is a cheap and easy way to make the home feel new and fresh. If the home has custom paint colors like bright blue in the bedroom, or deep red in the dining room, or glaring orange in a child’s room those rooms should definitely be repainted in a neutral shade before showing the house. Buyers won’t look past the paint. They will be thinking about how much it will cost and how much time it will take to get rid of that paint before moving in and they may decide to choose a house that already has neutral paint instead.

Not Cleaning The Home

MLS EdmontonThe homeowners might think that the house is clean because they clean it all the time. But while it might be clean enough for visitors it’s not clean enough to show the house. Get a professional cleaning crew in to clean the house from top to bottom before bringing in any potential buyers. A professional cleaning doesn’t cost much and it will make the house look a lot more inviting to buyers. No one is going to make an offer on a home if it still seems like the homeowners are living in it.

Not Bothering With Small Repairs

A cracked window frame, leaning gutter, or other small home repairs may be no big deal to the homeowners but potential buyers that are spending a lot of money to purchase a home are going to see each and every flaw in the house. Getting a contractor in to fix up all those little problems that have been ignored for years or fixing them by yourself will make a huge different to the potential buyers that come to see the home.

Don’t Get Too Creative With Spaces

Buyers want to see the home staged for how it was intended to be used. They won’t want to live in a home where the dining room has been turned into an office. Or where a closet has become a bedroom. Even if the homeowners are using the home’s space creatively when the house is staged all the rooms should be staged for their intended purpose. Creative use of space implies that the home doesn’t have enough space and that is a big turn off to buyers.

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Listing information last updated on May 27th, 2022 at 1:46am CDT.