Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ Reveals 5 Top Home-Staging Mistakes
Adaptation of original article authored by Judy Dutton| Realtor.com
Few home renovation reality show hosts are as enjoyable to watch as Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” As the show’s before-and-after pics make clear, they are an effective combo when it comes to transforming standard (read “blah”!) houses into gorgeous homes!
One of the keys to a successful home sale, says Jo, is home staging, where you arrange your furniture and décor in a way that entices buyers to make an offer. However, home staging is a highly misunderstood practice, one where home sellers can easily make missteps that can undermine these efforts.
Here, Jo reveals the top five home-staging mistakes she’s seen, so you’ll know to avoid them when selling your home.
Mistake No. 1: Purging all your family photos
“You’ll hear staging experts say to take down your family photos, kids’ artwork, and anything personal, so that a potential buyer can picture their family in your home, rather than seeing yours everywhere,” says Jo. “Personally, I love knowing that a house is well-loved, and seeing those personal touches displayed reminds me that my family would be happy there, too.”
Mistake No. 2: Including too much furniture
“Trying to put too much furniture in one space makes it look smaller than it really is,” Jo explains. “Try to stick with three large pieces at most per room to keep the house feeling big and open.”
BTW, the above photo features a basically lovely room, but crammed with furniture. This room SCREAMS “Please stage me!”. It could easily be transformed into a stunning room!
Mistake No. 3: Not cleaning up
“It’s true that leaving your house a mess can keep a potential buyer from seeing how beautiful your space really is, so a quick cleaning blitz before a showing can do a lot of good,” says Jo. “When the house is clean, buyers can see you love your house—and know they will, too.”
Mistake No. 4: Stuffing clutter into closets
On the other hand, “if you’re scrambling to clean up when a real estate agent schedules a last-minute showing, don’t stuff your closets full of laundry, toys, odds, and ends,” says Jo. “Potential buyers will definitely want to know how much storage space your home has, so no closet will be safe for concealing messes. If you’re in a pinch, a last-ditch effort to hide a mess is under a bed.”
Mistake No. 5: Ignoring your home’s exterior
“Simple touches like making sure the lawn is freshly cut, power-washing the driveway, or putting a few freshly potted plants on the front porch can make a big impact,” says Jo. “It’s all about reminding them that your house is cared for, so they won’t worry that you’re also ignoring what they can’t see.
Call me if you’re thinking of selling your home this year and buying a new home. I have many tips to assist you on both transactions and make the purchase and sale pleasant and rewarding! You deserve a home that fits your lifestyle!