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11 Home staging mistakes that Can hurt your Home's Value

11 Home staging mistakes that Can hurt your Home's Value

Super Admin

29 Aug, 22

Investing your money in a house can be exciting especially when bought with the intent of selling for profit. Many people find it refreshing mainly because of the profit gains. However, a lot of people find it refreshing as they help other people find a house of their dreams. It is a good economic activity and properties are good assets to hold. However, there are a few things that people ignore while staging their houses for selling. It can be because of the excitement, or the adrenaline rush some people get. Nevertheless, there are a few common mistakes that need to be avoided. Follow along to check if you are making the same and if yes, how you can make home staging better and more efficient.

  • Listing a home before it is complete

A lot of people find the activity of finding a buyer tiring and time consuming. For that purpose, they list the house while it is still being worked on. This is not a good practice to follow. It is possible that serious buyers approach the property, however they turn down the house just because it is not yet complete. Moreover, the house looks presentable when it is complete and attracts more buyers. This is a common home staging mistake you should avoid. Always list your house only after it has completed its home staging process.

  • Following trends while styling the house

Styling a rough house or apartment is an exciting thing to do. A lot of people (with the intent of making the house livable for other people) over do a lot of things. While styling the house in the staging process, it is important to do the right amount of styling. Under or over doing will cause the potential buyers to not want the property. Try not to go after the latest trends and here’s why:

  • Not all people like what is trending at any given time. For example: A certain person X likes pastel colors. He is really interested in the house because of how it is built etc. However, you have styled the house according to the latest trends that include bright colored walls and furniture. Mr. X does not want to spend his time and money on paint etc. so he goes to look for another house. This is a good example to understand why following the trends is not always the best thing. Now, instead of following the trends, you can go for a look that is not too trendy but not too traditional as well. It is somewhere in between. This is a common home staging mistake that can easily be fixed.
  • Trends change frequently. It is possible that you style your house according to the latest trend at that time. However, before you can sell the house the trend changes. Now, your house styling becomes “old”.

Thus, you should try to avoid going after the trends too much. However, if a customer wants you to style it a certain way on their expense, then you should do it.

  • Clicking basic photographs

Good photographs are crucial in properly marketing your property. Low resolution and bad angled photographs can be a turn off for many. Therefore, it is very important to click proper, good quality photographs with adequate lighting. Covering the property thoroughly is important as it helps the customers in understanding the property. If you’re not good at taking photographs or don’t have a good camera, hire a photographer. This can elevate the chances of your house getting sold by a lot. Avoid this home staging mistake and upload good quality pictures. Try to get as many as possible.

  • Presenting an unclean, dirty house to the customers

Cleaning your house properly before showing it off to customers is very important. It shows that you have properly cared for the property. A lot of people are allergic to dust. Bringing such people in dusty houses can trigger their allergies and turn their home tour into a nightmare. Moreover, people focus more on the dirt except on the staging that you have done on the house. A lot of people follow this home staging mistake that needs to be avoided at all costs.

  • Following a totally bland theme throughout the house

It is a common practice in Pakistan to paint all the walls of the house in white or off-white colors. Although, it does give a cool vibe it doesn’t bring about character in the house. Home staging experts have explained in detail that following a bland theme throughout the house isn’t a good idea. Following light pastel colors and using colorful rugs and furniture etc. to compliment them is a far effective technique. It not only sets your walls apart and make the house look roomy and airy, but also brings character throughout the house. Comparably, these houses show more life than those that follow a bland theme throughout the house and tend to sell more as well.

  • Presenting the house with the same old paint

Walls that have been painted for a while show their age through a lot of ways. It can range from dirty handprints, to messed up paint in some areas etc. This gives a strong feeling to the customers that the house has not been cared for. While selling your property, you should always get a fresh coat of paint on your walls. It helps to appreciate the over all value of the property. Moreover, it also gives a feeling that the house has been well taken care of. Clean houses with freshly painted walls tend to sell easily.

If you intend on selling your house but think that the paint is okay, you’re probably not paying attention to detail. People tend to make this home staging mistake just to save a few bucks. However, it can be one of the important factors that is holding your property from being sold. If you’re selling a house and have not painted the walls yet, now is the time to do that. It does require investing some money, but that will surely pay you off.

  • Using improper light fixtures

Light is one of the most important things when it comes to the beauty of the house. They can either make your house look roomy and beautiful or totally the opposite. While staging your house, make sure to use cool colored light fixtures that brighten up the rooms. They play an important role in making your rooms look airy and roomy.

Gloomy rooms usually contribute to unsatisfied customers. A lot of people like to have sufficient lights through the house. This way they can really show off the style of their house. A lot of people don’t focus on lights while selling the house. This is one of the most common home staging mistakes and perhaps one of the most damaging as well. Always make sure that your house has ample lighting that helps in setting the mood of customers. A good tip to follow here is to use bright energy savers. They don’t use much electricity and have good color intensities. Their bright colors help in illuminating the rooms properly. This way you can appreciate the style and décor of your house properly.

  • Placing the furniture improperly

It has been noted by multiple interior designers that placing furniture against walls is not the proper way to set your furniture. It wastes a lot of space. A proper way to set it is by putting it away from the walls. This gives room for windows and improves the overall ventilation of the room. Moreover, from aesthetic point of view it looks better, and you can play a lot with the arrangement of the furniture. This is a mistake that is commonly followed throughout the world. This is not just a home staging mistake but impacts the selling points of the house. To get inspiration, you can follow free décor ideas on multiple online platforms. You can choose a style that sets a chill and comfortable vibe to the room and still does not make it look congested.

  • Picking furniture that does not match with the size of the room

While picking the furniture for your house, it is very important to choose furniture according to the size of the room. It is a common practice to buy big couches, beds etc. These are seen as symbols of comfort and in most cases are quite comfortable. However, the comfort you get comes at an expense. Their big, bulky size makes them an improper choice for small rooms. It consumes a lot of space and makes the overall space congested. This may not be a big issue for you, but it is for a lot of people. This too is a home staging mistake that should be avoided.

A lot of people feel uncomfortable in small and tight spaces. Laying out furniture that gives the same feeling slims down your chances of landing a customer by a lot. While buying furniture, you need to keep a lot of things in mind.

  • Size

The size of the furniture you choose should be relative to the size of the room. Depending on how big your room is, you should decide how many things should there be in a room and how big. If you have a big enough room, then putting a big comfy couch won’t be a bad idea. However, if your room doesn’t have much space, it will make your room look small.

  • Color

You should always pick colors that complement the overall theme of your room. If you’re going for a bright theme, choosing white colored sofas wouldn’t be a good option. Similarly, using bright colored sofas in minimalistic themed rooms wouldn’t be a good decision either. Pick a theme for your room and work your way around it.

  • Design

Picking the right design is also very important. You should refrain from using extravagantly designed furniture. Try to pick one that is neither too simple nor too extravagant. Something in between.

These things can easily be followed in countries like Pakistan where custom furniture is a thing. These small details make your house worth buying. Moreover, they improve the living experience for future buyers better by many folds.

  •  Investing huge sums of money on renovations

While flipping houses, your goal should be to make the house as livable as possible. You should focus on investing money on important things. For Example: necessary repairs, paint, cleanliness, etc. However, investing money on things such as new tiles, counter tops etc. can be a waste of money. Invest in areas that can help in improving the value of your house.

It is very easy to get carried away while renovating the house. However, it is not that complicated. Just follow a simple rule. While investing money on house renovations, think if your investment can help in improving the value of the house. If the answer is yes, then you should invest the money, however if the answer is latter, you should invest it elsewhere. Your goal should be to make the house as livable as possible. Don’t underspend and save on things that need your money.

  • Neglecting exterior of your house

The interior of the house is important as it is where people live and spend most of their time. However, first impressions are very important. The exterior of your house should look presentable. It should be neat and clean. Walls should be clean and properly painted, lawns maintained. This is very important because people make an initial purchase decision just by looking at the exterior. It communicates how much the owner cares about his/ her property and how well they have maintained it.

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