Using bold, custom colors or wallpaper on the walls.
Experimenting with color and wallpaper can be a lot of fun as a homeowner. However if you are looking to sell, it has no place in your home at this time. Colour and wallpaper are very taste-specific and you can actually turn off buyers and make them feel like they have to invest a lot of money in undoing.
It is best neutralize the walls with a nice neutral (beige or gray) so buyers can see past the design and imagine their own décor in its place.
Neglecting the clutter (or not decluttering enough).
Decluttering is one of the most important steps in staging a home for sale. It goes farther than just cleaning things up, though. What would be considered “decluttered” to a house one is living in is different from the level of decluttering that a home on the market requires to make the best possible impression on buyers.
Go a step further and put away small appliances that are on the kitchen counters, hide toothbrushes and other toiletries in the bathroom, and thin out the décor on your bookshelves and entertainment center.
Items around the house should be as minimal as possible. This helps buyers stay focused on the home and not the items in it. It also makes each space feel larger and more open, so clean out as much as you can.
Keeping personal photographs and artwork out.
Family photos are some of the most distracting elements you can keep in a house that’s on the market. They remind buyers that the house they are walking through belongs to someone else. Put away family photographs and highly personalized artwork until you move into your next place.
Not doing a deep, thorough cleaning.
Just like decluttering, the kind of cleaning a house on the market needs is on a different level than everyday cleaning. Every inch of the home should be spotless and as close to looking brand new as possible.
I recommend hiring professionals to do a deep, thorough cleaning before listing. Then, be sure to maintain it every day, especially if you have kids and/or pets living there.
Over-staging the house.
Home staging can help your home appeal to more buyers and, consequently, get it sold faster and for more money. But the wrong home staging can have the opposite effect
It is possible to over-stage a house. If you put out too many decorative pieces, it can start to look cluttered rather than staged. It’s important to be tasteful with your choices and not go overboard with the décor.
Blocking views and architectural elements.
Something we see all too often is furniture blocking a home’s best selling features.
Beautiful views and architectural elements can be big draws for buyers ─ so if you hide them, you could potentially be missing out on a sale!
One of the worst offenders is covering up a fireplace. Fireplaces add charm to a home and are something a lot of home buyers would love to have, so they should be the focal point of a space.
The same goes for a view. If a window shows a nice view of the backyard or something even more enticing, like a lake or ocean, then you should definitely be making an effort to draw a buyer’s eye to the window rather than away from it.