Veteran brokers are often fine connoisseurs of open houses. They’ve seen it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly. That’s because from newbie agents to unseasoned sellers, the things that make or break a sale remain largely a mystery and ever open to interpretation, making staging snafus a common source of lagging home sales. In today’s real estate selling tips, we’ll take a look at common staging faux pas that frequently go overlooked.
Homeowner’s that leave late, return early, or stay and hover are a huge turnoff. The family should be up at least an hour before the agent arrives and out on time. It’s one thing to find a family cat snuggled up on the bed, but snoozing toddlers and teens scream ‘invasion of personal space.’
A house with windows and doors closed and locked up like Fort Knox is far from welcoming. Remove room-darkening curtains and valances, opening blinds to let light shine in to create a more open, cheerful, less dungeon-like feel.
Dirt & Dust
Dirt and dust scream ‘unkempt’ and make buyers wonder what other house maintenance has passed under the radar. Dust and clean all surfaces – especially the kitchen and bath – areas where crustiness is sure to send would-be buyers packing.
Clear clutter from closets, kitchen cabinets and drawers. Out-of-date canned goods, 90s wardrobes, and overfilled junk drawers do not make a good impression of a home. Buyers like to kick tires, envisioning themselves in the space. Make things functional, clean, and inviting.
From kitchen condiments on the dresser to Star Wars shrines, it’s best to leave unusual collections out of the spotlight and let the home have all the buyer’s attention – not the seller’s fetishes.
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