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What Home Staging Mistakes Can Lower Your Home’s Value?

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Marleny Huckshttp://MyrtleBeachSC.com
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Staging a house is an essential part of the process of selling a property. You should always make extra preparations, whether you’re a homeowner or a real estate salesperson. Before making an offer, purchasers will weigh all the advantages and disadvantages of a property, so you don’t want to leave any space for uncertainty. Despite the fact that you live in a five-star neighborhood and your property has a high market value, your open house might nevertheless fail to attract buyers. Make sure you don’t commit any of these staging mistakes to make prospective buyers feel at ease.

Not Thinking About Lighting 

Lighting is important in photography and filmmaking, but did you know it can also influence how people see the inside and outside of a home? When compared to numerous other forms of accent lighting combined, white, sterile lights projected down from the ceiling might make the property seem less inviting and friendly. Mood lighting is also becoming more popular in order to make an area seem ambient and distinctive.

You don’t have to change all the lighting in your home to make it more appealing – unless you want to, that is – but it is worth looking at the rooms objectively and thinking about whether you can improve the look that’s already there. 

Having Too Many Personal Items Around

When the present homeowners’ personal items are on show, it is a major turnoff for purchasers. Photographs, family treasures, ornaments and figurines, clothing and shoes, hygiene goods, and other objects fall under this category. The purpose of house staging is to allow prospective buyers to visualize their future new home. The future is the essential word here. They don’t want to see a home and think it’s outdated, used, inhabited, cluttered, unwelcoming, or anything else. 

Ideally, you’ll take this opportunity to start packing your belongings. Anything other than the bare essentials can be boxed up and stored away, ready to be taken to your new home, which is a much more likely occurrence if a buyer can see themselves living in your old one. 

Forgetting About The Exterior 

The outside of the house is the first thing that potential new homeowners see. Even though people spend most of their time inside their homes, everyone still wants an attractive and clean exterior. Make sure you show off the architecture of the outside of the house by keeping it clean, doing a little landscaping, and drawing attention to the best parts.

Not Deep Cleaning 

If having a messy home wasn’t terrible enough, having a dirty one would create a poor impression on guests for sure. If the home is unoccupied, you can simply clean it down and open a few windows to allow fresh air to circulate. Anything other than letting it become dusty (and perhaps a bad odor). 

If you’re currently living in the property, then a deep clean is even more important. You might not realize just how important this is until you get started on the work. It might take a few days of work, or perhaps you’ll need to hire someone to do it for you, but it will be worth it when you give a great impression to potential buyers. 

Avoiding these simple staging mistakes can make the difference of not only how long it takes to sell your home, but also increase your home value.

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