If you are selling your home, no doubt you’re getting lots of advice about how to stage your home to appeal to potential buyers. Maybe you’ve spent time online reading about curb appeal, maybe your friends have given you advice about how to make your home brighter; regardless of the source, here are a few outdated staging tricks you should NOT be using.

  • Fresh ScentsOf course, it’s important that the home smells fresh; however, using over powering candles or room fresheners can be overwhelming. It’s better to open windows to allow a crisp breeze to enter the space, or perhaps place freshly cut flowers.

  • Elevator MusicIt might seem like a home filled with smooth jazz would lend a relaxing feel, but it could have the opposite effect. Not only is it difficult to gauge the right volume, but it’s outdated and corny.

  • Matchy-MatchyMatched sets and uniform color palettes will make a home feel dated. Mix up the colors and patterns of pillows, bedspreads, and window treatments.

  • Holiday DecorationsIf your home is listed during a holiday, keep decorations to a minimum. Less is more for decorations of any kind; keep the home clean and as much of a blank slate as possible.

    Staging a home is an art. The best strategy is to consult with an expert. As your agent, I can offer some suggestions for a professional stager who will make sure your home presents itself in the best possible light. 

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