Real estate transactions are almost always about the bottom line.
Think of staging as an investment of time that helps maximize the return on the sale of the property. Staging enables you to showcase your home's best assets and impress buyers so you can get the best possible deal on the sale. No matter why you're selling, whether you're looking to downsize or retire to one of our Nassau homes for sale, staging is one of the most lucrative undertakings you can take on.
Still, many sellers make the mistake of believing that staging is actually redecorating and in many other instances, sellers forgo the process altogether. It's really a form of visual merchandising that uses the principles of interior design to make your home look significantly better in photos and evoke a mood that appeals to buyers.
Here are some staging mistakes you'll want to avoid:
- Listing a Home Before It's Ready
Three things sell a home: location, price, and condition, but the first impression is the lasting impression in real estate. You'll want to ensure that your house is show-ready before listing it for sale. That means undertaking repairs and general maintenance while decluttering giving it a deep cleaning.
- A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words
Nowadays, it's pretty much a given that buyers start house hunting by looking up homes online. Amazing pictures could make all the difference in whether they scroll past your listing or add it to their must-see list.
A few things that may compromise how your house comes across in photos include:
- Having so much furniture that buyers can't imagine themselves in your house
- Dull walls or poor lighting
- Leaving knick-knacks and personal items on display
- Drastically different paint colors throughout the house
- Simple Home Improvements
Our agents always recommend a fresh coat of paint and minor upgrades, like changing your light fixtures, which can take decades off the appearance of a house and give the impression of a well-cared for and maintained home.
Getting the lighting right is a big deal. No house will sell if it feels dark and gloomy. So take down those heavy window treatments and use mirrors and bright color palettes to create the illusion of more natural light and bigger spaces.
You'll also want to avoid flat color palettes. Yes, while neutral color schemes have been trending for years, they can deplete the energy of a room when overdone.
- Too Much Fabulous Art and Collectibles
Good art is polarizing. It rouses emotions and evokes discussions, but can also cause disagreement. Art, like beauty, is subjective. Art adds character to a home, but remember it is important to appeal to a wide range of tastes when staging a house.
Select art that's cool and harmonious in nature. You want the buyers' eyes to flow easily across a room, not distract them.
- Neglecting the Outdoors
Could your property use a bit of extra curb appeal?
Your lawn, landscaping and the general exterior appearance of your house are like a cover of a book, it sets the stage for what's inside. So, get some landscaping improvements done, cut the grass, and trim the bushes. The simple thing of painting your front door is a pretty easy DIY job that can instantly accentuate your home's exterior.
If you're looking to add your home to our Paradise Island homes for sale, we have the expertise, experience, and local market knowledge to help you market and sell your home at a great price. We can also help you stage your home for a quick sale. Contact us to see how we can help.