This Mesa, Arizona home is a great learning tool for home staging. It has many examples of what not to do when selling your home.
Visual Clutter: Please put away personal items, trinkets, doodads, knick-knacks, etc. before selling. Anything that would visually distract a buyer.
Pets: Please remove pets from real estate photos. Could be a turn-off to buyers. Please remove visual clutter as well. A neutral bedspread pattern is another option. If the budget allows, new window blinds.
Poor Photography: Flash in a mirror means a new photo should be taken. The toilet tank lid should be replaced. Please complete repairs before selling. Remove clutter as well.
Covered Up Counters: Please remove all unnecessary items from kitchen counters before selling. Same goes for above the cabinets.
Refrigerator Magnets: Please clear all items off of the refrigerator.
Collections: Consider reducing the number of items in collections. Buyers might stop, look, and spend too much time on your collections and forget about the house. Please keep entry ways and foyers cleared of items. Please put away coffee table clutter such as water bottles and toilet paper.
Driveway: Please remove vehicles from the driveway before taking real estate photos.
Weeds: Buyers do not want to see weeds and unmaintained landscaping.
Not Selling a Lifestyle: Buyers want to envision themselves living in a house. House photos should have energy, should be sexy, or should feel relaxing or inviting. Random items on a patio do not have any of these attributes.