If you are selling your home, no doubt you’re getting lots of advice about how to stage your
home to appeal to potential buyers. Maybe you’ve spent time online reading about curb
appeal, maybe your friends have given you advice about how to make your home brighter, or
maybe the advice has even come from your listing agent; regardless of the source, here are a
few outdated staging tricks you should NOT be using.
• Baking – While it’s a nice idea to have treats available, buyers know that the smell of
freshly baked bread is a trick, and they may be suspicious of any odors you’re trying to
• Fresh Scents – Of course, it’s important that the home smells fresh; however, using
overpowering candles or room fresheners can be overwhelming. It’s better to open
windows to allow a crisp breeze to enter the space, or perhaps place freshly cut flowers.
• Elevator Music – It might seem like a home filled with smooth jazz would lend a relaxing
feel, but it could have the opposite effect. Not only is it difficult to gauge the right
volume, but it’s outdated and corny.
• Matchy-Matchy – Matched sets and uniform color palettes will make a home feel
dated. Mix up the colors and patterns of pillows, bedspreads, and window treatments.
• Holiday Decorations – If your home is listed during a holiday, keep decorations to a
minimum. Less is more for decorations of any kind; keep the home clean and as much of
a blank slate as possible.
Staging a home is an art. The best strategy is to consult with an expert. Your agent can offer
some suggestions for a professional stager who will make sure your home presents itself in the
best possible light.