Mistakes to Avoid in Home Staging.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 0528582

Staging a home before it is clean!  This is tantamount to applying lipstick to a pig.  It just doesn't work.  The pig is still ugly! 


Staging around outdated furniture.  If there is a disconnect between the age of the furniture and the age of the house, then rent more up-to-date furnishings.

The goal of staging is to appeal to buyers. Buyers want trendy not trendless.


Rationalizing leaving outdated wallpaper in the house.   It just doesn't work.

It is a waste of good money on staging decor if the wall paper is out of date.  


Two many patterns or too many colors in the house.  There should be a unifying theme of color and pattern that creates appealing flow from room to room.


Too Staged, too much decor.  A house can be too staged when there is too much decor or decor is oversized, such as a 3 foot tall centerpiece on a dining room table.  Staged or not, huge centerpieces make no sense.  


Got staging questions, call Beverly at 325-721-2429.

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Beverly Carlson,  REALTOR, GRI, ASP, IAHSP, RESA


Carlson Properties           

Abilene, Texas


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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Hi Beverly, Great tips. I can't tell you how many times I've asked a seller to remove old wall paper.  They fight me on it but when they finally listen, wow what a difference. 

Apr 01, 2013 04:05 PM #1
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Yes, it's de-clutter, clean, brighten, THEN stage the home.

Apr 01, 2013 04:39 PM #2
Mike Warren
Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO

Good points, Beverly. Thanks for sharing these helpful ideas. 

Apr 01, 2013 07:31 PM #3
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Beverly, you know that the sellers with outdated wallpaper may be on to something. You know trends always come back around....in time....sometime...perhaps in the sellers' lifetime.
Apr 01, 2013 09:14 PM #4
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Beverly ~ wallpaper can be a real deal-killer when buyers realize  how much work it will be to remove it. Sellers should take care of it before listing their home, for sure!

Apr 05, 2013 04:42 PM #5
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor
Maureen, you are right, and ugly wallpaper is even worse! The worst case was in a newer home and every room was different pattern and there was NO flow!
Apr 06, 2013 12:14 AM #6
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