It is honestly sad how easy it was to collect pictures for this blog. I actually didn’t go looking for them. These are all real pictures found while searching for homes for sale for my clients in the Austin-area MLS database.
Not all agents work hard to make sure your home looks it best. Do you believe you will get top dollar when your home looks like these pictures? They show a variety of things you don’t want to do when you list your home. I pay for professional home staging so my clients’ homes are neutralized, de-cluttered and looking their very best. And I always hire an experienced real estate photographer who produces exceptional pictures. Here are examples of what not to do:
DON’T LEAVE BRIGHT PAINT COLORS
Believe it or not, bright orange, lime green and pink are not most buyers’ favorite wall colors. These strong colors often give a negative first impression and may prevent the buyer from even coming to see your home. It is so important to paint walls a neutral color (grey or beige) and my home stager can assist you in picking paint colors.
DON’T HIRE AN AGENT WHO DOES NOT SECURE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
You need a professional to photograph your home. Not only will the picture quality be superior but they have wide angle lenses to open up smaller rooms, use correct light settings so rooms don’t look too light or dark and take pictures from the best angles. Needless to say these sellers did not receive professional photography and it really shows.
DON’T LEAVE YOUR HOME CLUTTERED AND PACKED TO THE GILLS
Your real estate agent should be pushing you to get each room de-cluttered and any excess furniture pieces removed. The goal is to show a clean and spacious room. Here are examples of what not to do.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT CURB APPEAL
Many buyers will judge your home based on how it looks from the outside. If it looks bad there, they may decide not to come in. Make sure your lawn is well-manicured and remove trash bins and other unsightly items from view. Be sure to add some blooming plants in bright colors.
DON’T LEAVE PERSONAL DECOR OR FILL UP WALLS WITH PICTURES
This room desperately needs my stager’s help. The pink color is too strong and there are way too many pictures and brightly colored decor items throughout the room. You want the buyer to be able to envision themselves in your house. Think minimal and neutral. This room is neither.