Top Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid for a Successful Sale: A Guide for Homeowners

Thinking about selling? Before your home hits the market, one of the most important steps in the process is staging. This crucial step can make your home stand out on the MLS and make it easier for potential buyers to picture themselves in there.

A common misconception about home staging is that you need to buy new living room or dining room furniture, paint rooms, or renovate areas. It can be the simplest things, that make your house stand out to potential buyers.

In this blog post, we’ll go over the top home staging mistakes to avoid and how to make sure your home is presented in the best possible light.

  1. Too much clutter. Rooms filled with clutter can feel unwelcoming to potential buyers. By removing clutter, it will make it easier for buyers to envision themselves living in the space. Before staging your home, make sure to declutter each room so it feels clean and welcoming.
  2. Ignoring repairs. When someone walks into a home, nothing can turn someone off like obvious wear and tear. Potential buyers will notice if a room has peeling paint or a broken tile and it can make them wonder what other issues the home may have. Address any repairs that need to be made before staging the home.
  3. Overuse of personal items. Personal items such as family photos, religious items, and political items should be removed when staging your home. Depersonalizing the home will appeal to a broad range of buyers.
  4. Poor lighting. Poor lighting can make a room feel small and uninviting. Use natural light and lighting fixtures to brighten up dark corners.
  5. Incorrect furniture placement. Furniture placement is key to home staging. Arrange furniture in a way that makes the room feel open and spacious.

By avoiding these common home staging mistakes, your home will stand out to potential buyers. To get your home ready for sale, we offer FREE home staging. Give us a call to get started today at 705.739.4455 or email us at