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Staging Mistakes Sellers Should Avoid

Selling Your Home? Staging Techniques to Avoid

When staging a home for sale in Irvine, CA, it’s important for sellers to keep in mind that not all staging practices are favorable to potential buyers. Following are a few techniques to avoid when preparing a house for showing.

Extra Clutter

Because buyers want to imagine themselves in a home, it’s imperative that sellers provide a clean canvas on which buyers can imagine their own belongings. Cluttered countertops and additional furniture can not only infringe on the potential buyer’s ability to envision their own possessions in a space, but clutter can cause a property to feel smaller than it actually is.

Forgetting the Front

It’s easy to get caught up in perfecting the inside of the home and completely forgetting the front. Curb appeal can make or break the rest of the home for some buyers. Make sure the lawn is mowed, foliage trimmed, and the front door is in good shape. Most buyers will drive by and look at the house for sale before anything else.

Too Much Color

When a home has too many color palettes, the result is a disjointed layout where each room feels separate instead of part of one big living space. Consider painting adjoining rooms in one color and painting over any color (hunter green, we’re looking at you) buyers could find distracting.

Mismatched Décor

We’re not talking about mixing and matching cool pieces to create a cohesive look. Some sellers will bring in pricey pieces that, realistically, the potential buyer couldn’t afford. Or vice versa. It’s not just selling a piece of property, it’s selling a lifestyle, and the home should reflect that.

Poor Accessorizing

Accessorizing plays an important role in enhancing the look of a room. Avoid highlighting too many statement pieces that might compete with each other, and instead feature one impactful item like a colorful painting or an interesting accessory. Also, remember the rule of three when grouping a cluster of items together like candlesticks or photo frames. Odd numbers are more visually appealing.

Properly staging a space is an important step in the selling process. Avoiding the mistakes above can be the key to accelerating the sale of a home. For help staging and selling your home, work with an experienced real estate agent at Irvine Residential Living. We specialize in Irvine real estate, including homes, townhomes, and condos in Cypress Village, Orchard Hills, and Woodbury. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at  (714) 454-6304.

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