So, the time has come where you are planning on putting your house up for sale. As you are moving through your to-do list of everything that must be done to prepare to list your home, you stop and ponder how you will stage your home for open houses. When most think about how they would like to stage their home, they think of one thing: picture perfect. They prefer everything to be in tip-top shape – clean, dust-free, organized… almost as if no one is living in it at all! Does home staging affect your sale? Absolutely. The key is knowing whether the way you stage your home will positively or negatively impact it. Here are some things that you should stay away from when staging your home, to ensure that you get the best sale possible:

  • Don’t over design. Although you want your home to look aesthetically pleasing for the open houses and photography, make sure that you do not over-design the rooms of the house. You want to make sure that potential buyers can visualize what their house will look like. Design the rooms but be subtle.
  • Don’t stage anything fake. You may want to throw in a couple of fake flower bouquets or fake fruit bowls. If you are thinking about this – don’t. By staging fake items, you are making the home look superficial, which ultimately makes it harder for the potential buyer to truly picture themselves as the owners.
  • Don’t forget about staging correctly to scale. Make sure that all of your rooms are staged in a way where furniture and other items are fit correctly to the scale of the room itself. For example, if you have a couch that is too small for the living room, it will automatically make the potential buyer feel that the room is “too big” to design. Ensure that all of your belongings in the home fit their respective rooms in a comfortable way.