Selling Your Home? Here’s What Not to Do When Staging Your Bedroom

Staging your home can have a major impact on how your property is received—and, ultimately, how quickly it sells—which includes staging your bedroom.

But not all staging is created equal, and if you want to use staging as a way to help sell your home, it’s important to avoid the staging mistakes that could turn off potential buyers.

So what, exactly, are those mistakes?

A recent article from realtor.com outlined bedroom staging mistakes that could make buyers think twice about purchasing your home, including:

  • Leaving closets cluttered. When potential buyers tour your home, they’re going to want to look in the closet to get a sense of what kind of storage they’ll have if they move in. But if your bedroom closets are packed to the brim with clothes, shoes, and other clutter, they’re going to think there’s not enough storage space—which, for some buyers, is a dealbreaker. Before you show your home, make sure to clean out your closets, get rid of any excess clutter, and organize the remaining items.
  • Skipping artwork. You can decorate—or not decorate—your bedroom however you’d like while you’re living there. But if you’re trying to sell your home, you’ll want to put some artwork in your bedroom. The right piece of artwork can really tie a room together and make it a more appealing space to potential buyers. So, if your bedroom is currently lacking in the art department, hang a larger piece of art (for example, a painting or a framed print) right above the head of the bed. Also, make sure to hang it at the right height; the center of your artwork should be about 60 inches from the floor.
  • Leaving pet items out. You may love to snuggle your dog, cat, or other pet before you go to sleep. But if you’re planning to sell, make sure you remove any pet items from the bedroom before you take listing photos. Not every potential buyer is an animal lover, and if they see a pet bed, toys, or other animal-centric items, they may assume the home is going to smell like pets—which might prevent them from even coming to see the property.

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