When you decide to sell your Penticton property for sale, it is likely that you already know the basics of how to get the home ready for a showing. Things like deep cleaning, decluttering and depersonalizing are known essentials. However, many people still make mistakes when it comes to staging their homes. Staging your home can be incredibly helpful in selling your home. Although, when done incorrectly, it can hinder your chances of securing an offer. In this article, we will be going through some of the most common staging pitfalls and how to avoid them. For more information continue reading the article below!
Neglecting How Will Your Home Look in a Photo.
More and more people are beginning their search for homes through the internet. In 2021, 41% of buyers started their search for real estate online before contacting an agent or looking for a home in person. This number accounts for a large portion of potential buyers. Which is why it is so important that you make sure your home looks great in a photo. Hiring a professional photographer is a must in today’s market conditions. As well as, a home that is staged with being photographed in mind. Photographers will most often frame their images around focal points in the room. For example, a fireplace, large window or some other stand-out feature. It is important to keep furniture away from these attributes so that the scale of your home comes across accurately in the pictures.
Placing Furniture Incorrectly When Staging a Penticton Property For Sale.
Placing furniture can be difficult. Especially when you’ve gotten used to having things a certain way in your home. However, one of the most common mistakes that people make is placing furniture the wrong way. The biggest example of this is angling your furniture. By placing furnishings at an angle, you are directly influencing the perspective of the space. This is bad for both in-person showings and online photos. Generally, angled furniture creates an uncomfortable feeling where the room does not feel right. The only time that this may be acceptable is in a room with lots of obscure angles. Otherwise, it is best to keep your furniture straight.
Failing to Account For Size When Decorating.
Proportion is everything when you stage a home. The goal is to make every room feel big, but not too big so that it feels empty. You want to achieve the right balance between feeling cozy, and not cramped. One of the best ways to do this is by filling a few of your blank walls with a great piece of art. Although, if the size of the art isn’t right, it can give the room an odd feel. For instance, hanging a painting that is too small on a large wall will make everything look smaller. It is best to find art that takes up the majority of the wall space. Or, create a gallery wall that has the same space-occupying effect.
Another common mishap is adding too many small decor items. Adding too much small stuff can make the space feel cluttered and messy. It is always best to use a few larger items instead of a zillion little things. For instance, swap your tiny throw pillows for a few large ones. Or, remove the ceramic figures from your mantle and replace them with a nice plant. Adding greenery is a great way to spice up the space and add some colour.
Forgetting About Your Target Buyer.
One of the worst mistakes you can make in staging is forgetting who your potential buyer is. You must ask yourself, who is my buyer likely to be? Is it a new family? A couple? Retirees? It is crucial that you consider this when staging your home. This way you can cater the design to their needs/wants. For example, if you are staging a single-family home, creating as many bedrooms and play areas as possible is ideal. However, it is important not to take the decor in one specific direction. You still need to make sure that the home will appeal to more than just your target audience.
Contact Me About a Penticton Property For Sale!
Staging a home can be difficult all on your own. Although, if you avoid the above-mentioned mistakes, your home is likely to be staged well. For more information on staging your home, contact me today. I’d be happy to help you get your home in tip-top shape before listing. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you have about staging a Penticton property for sale. For more information, visit my social media page and check back next month for more real estate blog content. I look forward to working with you in the near future!