8 Outrageously Bad Home Staging Decisions – Part 1

Explore 8 Outrageously Bad Home Staging Decisions That Sellers Make – Part 1 of 4

For many sellers and buyers, the purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience. At its core, a home is the individual expression of a homeowner’s entire life enclosed within four walls. And while, initially, buyers should be more focused on the “bones of a home” – meaning those items that will stay after the seller vacates – staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”.

It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding pre-market home-staging. Explore two of the “biggest staging sins” that sellers can make and some common-sense advice to help avoid these pitfalls before it costs them a sale.

#1 – Collection Overload

It is almost impossible for any collection to look neutral and orderly, which are 2 of the high-priority goals found in any home staging publication. Unless the homeowner has attractive, custom built-in cases to display the collectibles, even the most sought-after collection can come off as a pile of dust-collecting, space-consuming clutter.

When it comes to outrageously bad staging decisions, the choice to give a gun-collection or a mounted hunting trophy a head-lining role in a home’s staging is high on the “what-were-they-thinking” list. For some buyers, these collections can trigger personal and sanitation concerns that may take away from the strengths and features the home actually has to offer.

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  • Sellers need to understand that a home will benefit from a more neutral, less personal setting. Being able to remove buyer’s objections is paramount.
  • Sellers should pack away any collectible or prized possessions prior to a home hitting the market.
#2 – Echo-Chamber Staging

In an echo-chamber, sounds are amplified because they simply bounce around in a confined space. Sellers can also find themselves stuck in an echo-chamber if they don’t take advantage of outside professional advice. And unfortunately, it seems that bad staging ideas get amplified, more so than the good ones. Echo-chamber staging happens when the total sum of a staging team is one person. That bold wallpaper in the bathroom may seem like a good idea, but with a little perspective, and another opinion, may prove otherwise.

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  • Sellers who market their homes with zero external or professional input are often those who are unable to self-assess what might “make or break” a buyer making an offer. They need to understand that the home may be significantly cluttered or that the furniture is too plentiful to show how spacious the home really is. A short-term storage rental unit might be the answer to that bad staging decision.
  • Even sellers with a bare-bones budget, can hire a professional stager who will offer you an hour’s worth of staging advice.
  • Seller’s beloved 4-legged furry friends may be the source of unpleasant trace-odors that may offend potential buyers. Keeping litter pans and regularly scheduled groomings in check is prudent.

We hope you found this 1ST segment of our series of 8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS to be informative and interesting… Watch for our next BLOG POST on July 16th as we continue this series…

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About Gail Spada

Gail Spada’s real estate career began in 1990 and it didn’t take long for Gail to discover her love for the industry. In 2001, she began her real estate sales profession with Century 21 Alliance Realty in Spring Hill, FL. Gail has worked diligently to stay on top of her game. She is a Florida Licensed REALTOR® and has earned the following designations/certifications to include: GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), ePRO (Internet Savvy Real Estate Specialist), AHWD (At Home With Diversity – One American) and SFR. It is that well-rounded training and experience, coupled with her intimate knowledge of the Hernando County real estate market, that enables Gail to deliver results to her customers.