Top 7 Home Staging Mistakes You Don’t Even Know You're Making

Linden Creek Home Staging

Linden Creek Home Staging

You may have a beautiful home. Maybe it’s immaculate and stylishly appointed to suit your tastes. Or, it's highly upgraded with the high-quality features and materials. Perhaps, it’s all of these things.

However, unless your house is on a sound stage, chances are your home isn’t “staged.”

Many people make home staging mistakes that most of them don’t even know they are making. Many confuse home staging with decorating. If you are looking to sell your property, you have to transform your home into something that prospective buyers can easily imagine themselves living in.

So, here are some common home staging mistakes you may be making without even knowing it.

1.    Closing the doors.


This is one mistake that far too many people make when staging their home for a showing. Although it may seem natural to close some doors, it’s a mistake.

During the property showing, you want to open all doors and allow free movement of people throughout the home.

2.    Hiding the mess.

Potential homebuyers aren’t over for a dinner party. They are there to thoroughly inspect your home. So, while closets may be a great place to hide some stuff, they could actually end up being a liability for you.

Whether it’s clutter dirt or grime, don’t put it in your closet during property showing or open houses. You want to make sure your home is mess-free during this period.

3.    Clutter, clutter everywhere.

One of the first things you must do when staging is to get rid of clutter. Problem is, many people have different definitions when it comes to clutter. It isn't just the knick-knacks or stacks of magazines found everywhere.

Clutter includes personal items and anything that doesn’t help sell your home’s lifestyle. Essentially, clutter includes things like a pile of books on the coffee table, worn and dirty clothes on your bedroom floor, unworn clothes in the closet, and dishes in your kitchen sink.

4.    Not handling the smell.

Sure, your home could look great. However, it could have a foul smell. Often, pet owners don’t notice the smell of their own pets, but those without them will notice. Plus, you may have grown accustomed to other odors in your home.

To ensure all smells are removed from the home, consider professional cleaning. Most professional cleaners will have certain tricks up their sleeves when it comes to dusting, vacuuming and polishing home surfaces.

5.    Forgetting the front yard.


Or the backyard, for that matter! When selling your house, curb appeal speaks volumes. A good curb appeal will ensure that you are giving a first good impression to your potential home buyers.

The good thing about curb appeal is that it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Simple repairs and maintenance tasks will do.

To get a good curb appeal, you may need to do the following things.

  • Repair or replace. Repair and replace anything that looks in dire need of fixing. Does your driveway and/or gutters measure up? Cracked concrete can be a tripping hazard and your curb appeal that will take that fall. Damaged gutters aren’t just unsightly, they can raise a host of unpleasant suspicions about the structural issues.
  • Manage your foliage. Remove overbearing shrubbery, or anything covering a clean view of the entryway. Pack new mulch on top of the old to give things a freshening look. In warmer weather, take care of weeds, plant new flowers and repair any bare spots in the lawn.
  • Switch out your fixtures. The design is in the details. Change the porch light, house numbers, door hardware, mailbox and other lighting fixture is an easy way to get a revitalized new look.
  • Try a new color scheme. New paint can go a long way to create a clean, sophisticated look. Choose colors carefully. Also, if required, ensure your paint choices are approved by your homeowners’ association first.

6.    Having too small furniture pieces.


True, smaller furniture can make a space look bigger. However, it shouldn’t be a reason to get the tiniest furniture you can find.

The furniture in your home has to be proportional to the size of the rooms. Additionally, you want the furniture to complement your home’s size.

7.    Forgetting about lighting.

Your home could be getting good amounts of natural light. However, if on the day of the showing its gloomy outside, then you may need to strategize. You’ll need to enhance the mood inside by turning on the lights and lamps.

If it’s a shiny day, open the drapes and let the sunshine in. Your buyers will appreciate it.


Staging is a vital part of getting your home ready to be sold. When done right, it will draw potential buyers into your home. However, when done wrong, it could do just the opposite.

By avoiding these common home staging mistakes, you will be ready to present your home to potential buyers in its best possible light.

Author: Derek Dawson with Dawson Property Management