Home staging is a great way to drum up additional interest in your home when you’re trying to sell it – but there are five things that even the best home staging tips and tricks can’t fix. Here’s what you need to know about the five issues home staging can’t fix so you can take action before you put your DC Ranch home up for sale.
5 Issues Home Staging Can’t Fix
Even the best home staging can’t hide these five issues:
- Outdated fixtures
- Old, tired paint
- Bad flooring
- Serious scents
Here’s a closer look at each.
#1. Outdated Fixtures
If there are fixtures in your house – think light fixtures, faucets and switchplates – that date it, you’ll probably want to swap them out for more modern pieces before you list your home. Yes, buyers know how old your home is before they even visit, but that’s not the point. The point is to show them that you’ve kept up with your home’s needs over the years, and if the fixtures are dated, it can look like you didn’t put enough effort into your space.
#2. Old, Tired Paint
Nearly every home could use a fresh paint job every several years. If your interior paint is looking old, tired and worn, refresh it by hiring a local painter. (You can do it yourself, but only if you really know what you’re doing – you don’t want to scare buyers off with a sloppy paint job.)
#3. Bad Flooring
Never try to cover up a flooring problem with a rug – buyers will notice it right away. And when buyers notice that you tried to hide a problem… well, let’s just say that they’re not likely to believe you’ve kept up with other issues your home may have had. Rather than covering a flooring problem, even if it’s something simple like a stain, make an effort to restore, repair or replace the flooring before you put your house on the market.
#4. Serious Scents
Some smells can help sell your home, like freshly baked cookies in the kitchen, dryer sheets in the laundry room or the flowers on the bathroom windowsill – but only when the smells are faint. If your home is full of strong smells, buyers will wonder what you’re trying to hide. Don’t burn candles or use plug-in air fresheners when people are coming to see your house. (Even worse, a buyer with allergies or breathing issues may be unable to tour your home.)
No amount of staging in the world can make up for overpricing. People who come see your house generally have a good idea of how much it’s worth – and if they’re looking in a certain price range, there’s a good chance that they’ve seen other homes that were properly priced. If your home is listed for $50,000 more than it’s genuinely worth, buyers will know because they’ve seen homes in that price range, and yours will come up short in comparison.
You should always listen to your DC Ranch REALTOR® about pricing your home – he or she will let you know what a buyer is likely to pay for it based on an in-depth analysis of other, similar homes.
Are You Selling a Home in DC Ranch?
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