At the end of every year, my mind naturally drifts to what did and didn’t work this year, in an effort to double down on my successes and avoid repeating my mistakes. Occasionally,I’ll take a look back at my whole lifetime in this same way, reflecting on poor past decisions ranging from old high school sweethearts to bad fashion choices, misguided career moves to things I said and wished, instantly, I could take back.
Rather than letting them fester into regrets, it’s best to look at our mistakes as holding lessons – pitfall avoiding, action-inspiring material we can draw on as we move forward in life. In fact, I actually call my painful past mistakes “tuition”: the price I’ve paid to learn a valuable lesson. The keyword here is valuable. In school, tuition is worth paying because the learning you get in return holds economic value or is otherwise worthwhile.
Tuition is a lot like staging, really: they’re both up-front investments with the potential to make or save you money, in your life, your career, or the sale of your home.
As we grow older and wiser, the goal should be to learn not just from the mistakes we’ve committed – but from those that others have committed, as well. Think of them as tuition-free lessons. I say we should try to do the same with staging – let’s take these ten shockingly bad staging decisions that other home owners have made and continue to make every single day, and boil them down into lessons every home seller can use to drive their own home staging success.
1. Bizarre collection overload. Let’s face facts: it is very difficult for almost any collection to look orderly and neutral, two high-level aims of home stagin. Unless you have attractive, high-end built-in cases for your collections and target buyers are share your affinity for the objects, even your cool clock collection or the dolls your grandmother gave you can come off as a pile of space-consuming clutter.
You’ve seen it on HGTV, House Hunters, and all the other real estate reality TV shows, but is the hype true? Do you really need to stage your home in order to get it sold. The answer isn’t as simple as “Yes” or “No”.
Whereas one seller’s family portraits may be overwhelming and distract the buyer from being able to see the potential of the home, another seller’s family pictures may not be so distracting.
Several things are universally true. Clutter is bad. Collections on display usually are not helpful, but rather distracting. Orientation of your furniture IS important, as we want to make sure your rooms appear as open and spacious as possible. Finally, those closets that are jam packed full of clothes, towels, toilet paper, or food, demonstrates to the buyer that there might not be enough storage in the home.
Q Realty, Inc. and our experienced Brokers will help you get your home ready for photos, marketing, and most importantly for the buyers who visit and consider your home for purchase.
Call us today to discuss what we can do to help stage your home for a quick sale!