All the No-No’s of Home Staging

April 10th, 2013 · 3 Comments

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.

visually distracting clutter poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale photo flag

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.

two cats bedroom clutter poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale photo

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.

bathroom clutter broken toilet tank lid flash poor photography Mesa Arizona home house for sale

Covered Up Counters:  Please remove all unnecessary items from kitchen counters before selling.  Same goes for above the cabinets.

cluttered kitchen counter above cabinets poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale

Refrigerator Magnets:  Please clear all items off of the refrigerator.

refrigerator magnets photos clutter kitchen poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale

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.

toilet paper books clutter living room poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale

Driveway:  Please remove vehicles from the driveway before taking real estate photos.

cars vehicles parked on driveway blocking the view of the house home Mesa Arizona real estate

Weeds:  Buyers do not want to see weeds and unmaintained landscaping.

weeds unmaintained landscaping ugly back yard Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

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.

unappealing real estate photo piece of rope ladder BBQ grill on patio Mesa Arizona home house

Tags: Staging · Landscaping · Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Driveway · Patio · Mesa, AZ Homes · Pets · Weeds · Collections · Refrigerator Magnets · Poor Photography · Bedspread

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mary // Apr 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    1st picture…are those salad bottles on that wall ledge (with the liquor bottles) ?

    Ever since I came here I’ve started cleaning clutter (magnets holding “important” notes )off my frig. I do it about once a month and it changes the whole kitchen. It looks cleaner for some reason.

  • 2 Barb // Apr 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I made that very same quilt pattern for my Mom back in the early 1990’s! Looks so dated…

    Never could understand the fridge magnet obsession. Otherwise un-cluttered neat freaks often have tons of them on the fridge. Hate fridge clutter. Either frame the photos or put them in an album–why your refrigerator? I have a couple of very funny cartoons on mine, and a notepad for making shopping lists. That’s enough.

  • 3 Mary Withrow // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    My spring project is to organize. But I look at these houses and realize, I am so much more organized than I think, lol. I dislike fridge magnets, they always make a kitchen feel cluttered even if it isn’t. I love animals but many people have allergies

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