Staging your home can make a huge difference in the desirability and the experience a buyer has during tours. When getting your home ready to hit the real estate market, you will want to show it off to its best advantage. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to turn off a potential buyer, even small things that you might think don’t matter. It won’t be enough to make sure that everything is neat and clean. Here are some typical mistakes to avoid when setting up your home for sale.

Mistakes When Staging Your Home: Not Enough Lighting

Classic home remodeling often includes improving the lighting, whether by natural or artificial means. Real estate agents will generally take their staging photos during the day, particularly if it’s sunny. If your staging time is limited, judicious use of lamps and overhead lights can make a big difference. Be sure to fully open the drapes and blinds in every room. Bathrooms in particular can often feel dark and gloomy, so you should make use of natural light as much as you can.


Even if your home is clean, having a lot of small appliances on your kitchen counters or magazines and knick-knacks on living room tables can be a visual turn-off for future buyers, as can having oversized furniture in a room. You want your home to feel as open as possible, and nothing closes off a room faster than clutter, particularly if your home is on the smaller side. Put things away, or pack them in a box destined to go to your own future home. Keep in mind, though, that buyers do look in cabinets, so cramming everything in them may not be the best idea.

Mistakes When Staging Your Home: Making Things Too Personal

Potential buyers want to come into your home and imagine themselves living there. However, when they enter and see tons of family photos, the bright pink and purple glitter decor of your daughter’s bedroom, or the life-size poster of your son’s favorite basketball player in the rec room, that makes it tough. You should make things as neutral as possible, so replace the photos and posters with pleasant, inexpensive prints, add lighter shades to tone down brightly painted rooms, or even repaint the rooms if you feel it necessary.

Your real estate agent is your best source of information when it comes to staging your home for sale. Follow these tips and their advice, and your home will be inviting, enticing–and quickly sold!

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