Five Reasons Why Your Staging Sucks

April 20, 2014

Ultimately, the goal of staging your home is to sell it faster and to land the best offer out there. Doing it right the first time is critical to save you time, money, and to spare yourself from more stress when it is time to sell. Unsure if you’ve done a fantastic job in staging your home?


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1. Your perception of home staging is lighting candles and baking cookies

Staging is about preparing your home for sale to attract more buyers, maximize your home’s potential, and to outshine the competition. This marketing technique involves knowledge of your target buyers, your location, your listing price coupled with a flair for home design trends. It doesn’t have anything to do with lighting candles or just displaying pretty things.

2. You’re handing your “to do” list to your buyers

A leaking faucet, a missing doorknob, or cracks in your walls are small and easily fixable things that look big in your buyers’ eye. Ignoring to address these minor repairs can send the wrong message to your buyers, and scare your buyers away.

3. You did not edit your furniture to the minimum

Creating that extra space and making your house look bigger than it is is important when selling. Spacious home is what your buyers are expecting to see, and the best way to do it is to edit your furniture to a minimum (or less than the minimum). Unnecessary furniture eats up space which is the opposite of what you want to achieve when staging your home for sale.

4. You did not depersonalize your home

Everything that’s too specific and too personal like photos, religious items, diplomas, or items that show your political or sports affiliations, are great distractions for buyers. More often than not, it grabs buyer’s attention, while losing their focus on your home’s great features and all it has to offer.

5. Your house isn’t cleaned, decluttered, or not organized

Nobody likes a dirty house, selling a cluttered and a messy home won’t get you the best offer. All your knick-knacks, sports equipment lying everywhere, and your disorganized closets is a big NO– this screams problem to your buyers and sends a negative message. Spruce it up!



Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal Designer of Redesign4more Inc., servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services. To know more about Red and Redesign4more, visit

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