stageYou may love your home, but that doesn’t mean that everyone coming through the door will feel the same way. What may be “charming” to the seller may seem off-putting to a prospective buyer. Many sellers attempt to stage their home themselves. In doing so, they make mistakes that can sidetrack the sale. Here are some of the biggest staging mistakes, according to professional home stagers:

  • Don’t get too personal: Staging is all about de-personalizing the space, and creating a model home look that will appeal to most everyone. Don’t create a look that appeals to just you.
  • Avoid dark colors: Choose neutral or warm colors. A few coats of fresh paint will make a huge difference.
  • Take advantage of natural light: Blocking off light with heavy curtains or furniture can hurt your sale—especially if the home has attractive views.
  • Don’t think more is better: Scale down your furniture. The size of furniture needs to be in balance with the scale of the room. Furniture should define the purpose of the room.
  • Don’t leave pets at home: Remove all traces of animals from the house. Make sure Fido is away during showings. A pet could kill a sale before a potential buyer even steps into the house.
  • Don’t neglect the outside: Outside is as important as the inside. Add flowers, mow the lawn, tidy up and add kid-friendly accessories.
  • Don’t just deal with “main” rooms: Don’t forget the garage, basement and closets.
  • Don’t forget fixtures: It’s important that all lights are burning and all fixtures are working.

Staging a home means showcasing features, not concealing flaws. Make sure your house is in good condition and use staging to cast the home in its best light.



Article courtesy of Trulia.com

Before you show your home, check to make sure it’s condition is one you’d be proud to let a few million Americans see.  Too often sellers delay or lose out on offers because they don’t take preparing for showings seriously or relax after the first few visitors.


Here are a few tips to make sure your property makes the right impression:

1.  Check the Computer View

Most home first impressions today are online, so it’s important that you view your home like a buyer will.

To do this, take pictures of the interior and exterior of your house. Upload them to a computer. Zoom in and pan your photos to get a buyer’s perspective on your property.

2.  Walk Through as an Outsider

Do a walk-thru of your home with a trusted friend. Fresh eyes, ears, and noses can spot defects you have learned to live with or simply forgotten about.

3. Curate Your Curb Appeal

Go outside and inspect your driveway, walkway,decks and porches. Take note of cracks, oil stains, overgrown shrubbery and bare spots on the lawn. These should be high-priority on your fix list if you don’t want buyers to turn away before they’ve taken a real look.

4. Silence the Strange Sounds

When you walk through, check for creaky floors, loose doorknobs, shaking handles, and windows that don’t open. Add these to the top of the fix list because normally the solutions (a new door knob or oil) are pretty cheap.

5. Clear the Way

Be sure to de-clutter all flat surfaces, closets, cabinets and your bathroom vanity. Donate excess or move some items to a storage facility. Your goal is to a show a home buyers can see themselves in; that can be hard with your personal effects in the way.

6. Consider Staging to Speed up the Process

Home staging professionals use furniture, placement, accessories and lighting to help make the best impression on potential buyers. Staging is for your home’s interior and exterior including your deck, patio or lawn. A staging investment can help sell a great home in a flash or help buyers appreciate the potential in harder to move listings. Talk with your Abbott & Caserta real estate agent about his or her staging experience. You can also get DIY staging ideas from home shows, magazines, and open houses in your area.

Bergen County real estate specialist, Abbott & Caserta Realtors are always ready to help you learn more about staging your home.