A strategy realtors and sellers rely on in real estate is home staging, and realtors know the professionals who can make your home irresistible to buyers. Unfortunately, sellers can cut corners on cost and try to self-stage the home. Likewise, realtors can potentially bring an inexperienced or unprofessional decorator to the mix. Here’s some things not to do when staging a home!

Splurging on Furniture
Unless the furniture is a bundled incentive with the home, it’s unnecessary to spend so much money on furniture. The best solution for furniture staging is rental furniture or secondhand furniture. New furniture must be affordable and inexpensive. Think store closing sales, liquidation sales, or IKEA. Likewise, don’t use worn-out furniture in home staging. Buyers may sit on the furniture to imagine themselves in the space, and buyers getting poked or injured will kill the home’s chances of selling.

Staging Every Room
Why must staging tell buyers each room’s purpose instead of figuring it out? The answer is staging isn’t supposed to give everything away. “Instead of decorating every single room,” Than Merrill, a real estate education expert recommends that you “provide your audience with a blank canvas; one that will actually help them form their own convincing imagery. Not only will purposefully neglecting to stage a room or two save valuable time and money, but your audience will be awarded the opportunity to interpret the space in the only way that really matters: on their own terms. ”

So leave some rooms bare to allow buyers to imagine what use the room could be. Focus on the main selling points: kitchen, bathroom, living room, and master bedroom. Tell them the remaining rooms and let their imaginations run wild. Staging should set the scene, not paint the whole picture.

Not Adding Enough Detail
The accessories in the home add a special touch that furniture and chairs cannot. It brings the space to life by adding character, charm, and personality. Therefore, add those accessories to all staged rooms. Examples are flowers, decorative pillows, centerpieces, potpourri, artwork, and trinkets.

Too Many Items
It’s easy to go overboard with furniture and accessories. It may be fine with you, but the buyer may see the space as ‘cluttered’ and ‘junky.’ Less is more in this situation. The room needs to feel large and spacious, and less furniture will supply the large, spacious emotion. Buyers see the room as it appears. The home is the star, not the furniture and accessories. Similar to clothing and jewelry, always remove one item before leaving to be on the safe side.

Keeping Personal Items in the Home
Why are your belongings still in the house if the home is for sale? Buyers must see themselves in the house, not a constant reminder that someone used to live there. This is a distraction visually. Instead, make the space neutral. Examples are adding neutral colors in accessories, neutral colors on the walls, and rearranging furniture. These improvements cast a wide net to attract the most buyers.