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By Joseph Ossichak | Agent in Middletown, NJ

5 NJ Real Estate Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid

What to stay away from in order to get your NJ real estate home sold fast


In a competitive NJ real estate buyer's market such as the one we are in today, home staging is more important than ever. A successful staging can make the difference between a house that sells fast for the right price and one that remains for months on the market unsold. However, there are some common home staging mistakes made by sellers that can further deter the sale of their home.

If you want to create a positive first impression and highlight your home's assets, try to avoid the following common home staging hazards:

Not Hiring a Professional

Selling your home is a serious undertaking, and you should consult a professional such as a realtor and home stager to get the job done. After all, this is how these people make a living and what they do every day for a career.

Misunderstanding the Value of Home Staging

Home staging techniques should never be thought of as clever cover-ups for issues such as structural problems or poor maintenance. In order to have a successful NJ real estate sale, you will first need to complete any necessary repairs and improvements recommended after a thorough review of your home by a certified home inspector. Although a well-maintained property will have less to address, it is important to make repairs such as ensuring proper operation of all lights, and making sure there are no leaks in the home prior to the arrival of a professional home stager.

Neglecting to Store Unnecessary Clutter

Professional home stagers and NJ real estate agents remind sellers that potential buyers will open every cabinet and inspect every room thoroughly when they tour a property. Cleaning and decluttering every corner of your home, from the garage to the attic you have been ignoring, is critical to making a positive impression on potential buyers.

Getting Too Personal With Staging

Another mistake an NJ real estate seller can make is to anticipate that home staging strategies will conform to their personal choices in home décor. The reason for staging a home in the first place is to create a neutral canvas on which a wide range of buyers can visualize themselves and their lives. Décor such as over-dramatic faux finishes, outlandish fixtures and unusual color schemes all have to go along with family photo collections and other personal mementos.

Being Clear With Potential Buyers What Staging is Exactly

Most home shoppers are savvy enough to know that staging is simply window dressing for their benefit, but there will occasionally be those who think that the furniture and art seen in a home are included with the sale of the home. To avoid major troubles and disagreements at closing, be clear from the beginning about what is included and excluded in the sale of your NJ real estate home. In general, all permanently installed fixtures and features are part of the deal when a buyer purchases a property, unless exceptions are noted in the purchase contract.

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