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Gone are the days when house staging was just an option. Now it is a necessity to get your listing off the market quickly and at top dollar. When it comes to prepping your home for sale, we know the drill - paint the walls, declutter, and trim the grass. However, while following online home staging advice and tips, it is easy to get misled and make some jarring mistakes. So here are some common house staging mistakes and how to solve them.

Common Issues Related to House Staging

Read on to find out common mistakes in home staging.

1. Lack of Design Style

Home staging is filled with opportunities where you can choose between a variety of interior design styles and find the one that suits your listing as well as your personal style. From Contemporary to Modern and Scandinavian, pick one that goes with the aesthetics of your home, otherwise, there will be a lack of flow between rooms. Remember to not over-personalize the home to ensure it appeals to a broad range of homebuyers.

2. Not Cleaning the Listing

Cleaning your home is mandatory to make it presentable to buyers. While we might be used to the small dirt and grime in our houses, it will be the first thing to catch their eye when the homebuyer visits. So, hire a professional deep cleaner or do it yourself by focusing on every nook and corner of your home.

3. Leaving Rooms Vacant

We know renting furniture is expensive, but there is nothing as unattractive as leaving a room empty. Avoid this major staging mistake by using affordable pieces of furniture to decorate your room. By doing so, you’ll also be able to hide imperfections.

4. Leaving Behind Clutter

Clutter is easy to form but takes a significant amount of time and effort to clear. Whether the mess of toys in your kids’ room or the one in your utility room, buyers notice all of it, which eventually influences their home buying decision. So go that extra mile and make your home spick and span before the showing.

5. Neglecting Exteriors

Home exteriors create the first impression on buyers, so it is crucial to make them look welcoming. Make it a point to water the green grass, trim them, and paint the walls. Also, place decorative flower pots and lawn chairs to give it a homely feel.

6. Various Focal Points in a Room

The focal point is the star of the room, where the viewers’ eyes land first. It is an important interior design rule to have only a single focal point in a room. For example, it can either be the TV, fireplace, art piece, or window in your living room. Multiple focal points can make the room look cluttered and therefore unappealing to the buyer.

7. Out of Place Furniture

Furniture should fit into your space, not the other way around. So ensure your pieces enhance the beauty of the room. Filling your house with excess furniture that hardly fits is a common mistake to be avoided. If you struggle to fit your furniture in the room, the buyer won’t be able to visualize theirs in the room.

8. Hanging Art That is out of Place

Artworks are meant to accentuate a room and add depth to it. So make sure the size and style of the art blend with your room. While hanging art pieces, place them at eye level. You can also rest your pieces on a wall or top of a cupboard. Refrain from using photographs that will make your room look too personal.

Virtual Staging as a Solution

Virtual staging is a process by which designers decorate the interiors of a home digitally, adding life to empty pictures. They add furniture, accessories, wall art, and more 3D objects to beautify homes for sale. This process helps real estate agents showcase the real potential of their listing and attract buyers. Since experienced photo editors do virtual house staging, they help agents avoid the above home staging mistakes by choosing the right design style for your home’s architecture, placing fitting furniture, add decorative items in the right places without overdoing it, remove unwanted objects, and touch up imperfections that will be replicated by the time of the home showing. Virtual staging has several advantages as it is time-saving, hassle-free, and costs only a fraction of physical staging.

Here’s how virtual staging can be a solution for the common issues related to home staging:

  • Lack of Design Style: Virtual house staging can take care of the interior design aspect of your listing, as stagers will tastefully decorate your home using the preferred theme of your choice. If you lack knowledge in the area, you can leave the process to experienced stagers who will do what is best for your home.
  • Not Cleaning the Listing: Virtual house staging will ensure your walls and tiles look spot-free in pictures. However, we recommend making your home match with the pictures to avoid misrepresentation lawsuits.
  • Leaving Rooms Vacant: If you don’t have money to shell out for staging all the rooms in the house, opt for hybrid home staging, where you traditionally stage the important rooms such as the exteriors, the living room, kitchen, and bedroom, and virtually stage the others, saving you thousands of dollars.
  • Leaving Behind Clutter: Go for the clutter removal photo editing service in virtual staging where experts remove all unnecessary objects from your photos and replace them with suitable ones.
  • Neglecting Exteriors: Post your shoot, Image enhancement is a great option to make home exteriors look stunning in pictures. It makes the sky look bluer and the grass greener making your listing an eye-catcher on MLSs.
  • Various Focal Points in a Room: Talented virtual home stagers know how to identify the focal point of the room and decorate around it. They can also add a TV in the living room and a fire in the fireplace to help buyers visualize their future living space to the fullest.
  • Out of Place Furniture: Virtual house staging is done by 3D artists who know what piece of furniture goes where, so leave it to the professionals and save oodles of money on design consultation and furniture renting.
  • Hanging Art That is Out of Place: Virtual stagers can tell if a room needs an art piece and how big it should be. So leave it to them to decorate your walls the right way and add that oomph factor to your listing.

Now that you know the possible mistakes in virtual staging, watch out and stay clear of them while staging your listing in the best and most creative way possible. Remember, first impressions and external appearances matter a lot in real estate.

At Styldod, our mission is to beautify homes to reach the right buyers. We promise to virtually stage your listing images within a 24-48 hour window, offer unlimited iterations until you are satisfied, and a 100% money-back guarantee, all at a mere $16.

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Styldod is a design-tech company that aims to simplify real estate marketing and help agents present homes in their most favorable light online by reimagining and automating the listing photography process. Having begun as a virtual staging company, today, Styldod has affordable and best-in-class products and services for every facet of real estate marketing and photography. Styldod’s suite of services include virtual staging, image enhancements, floor plans, virtual renovation, 3D renders, 360 degree virtual tours, and Matterport virtual staging, to name a few. We're trusted by over 10,000 realtors from all over the US and from companies like ReMax, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams. Know more about us at https://www.styldod.com.

Ann Alex

Ann is a thriller-loving Economics major who chose to follow her passion for writing and became a Content Writer at Styldod. A big Jeffrey Archer fan, Ann loves books, films, and everything else that gets her creative juices flowing.

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