If you’re getting ready to sell your home, you’ll want to follow these tips to avoid staging failures.

There’s nothing more important than the first impression when it comes to selling your home. The second potential buyers enter they’re already deciding if they like the house. Factors like cleanliness, brightness and placement of furniture can all have an impact on your home’s appearance. As important as it is to sell your home, overselling does exist – and it’s something you want to look out for. That’s why we’ve highlighted the Do’s and Don’ts of getting your house ready for their time to shine.

Don’t – air your dirty laundry

Figuratively and literally. Your laundry shouldn’t even be in the laundry room. It should be hidden somewhere that prospective buyers won’t look. Figuratively speaking, you want to make sure any bills or private documents are out of sight as well. The prospects are there to judge your home, not your personal life.

Do – organize and declutter

Get rid of any items that might reduce the quality of the room. If you have a young child, make sure their figurines and jarring toys are hidden. Throw out any junk mail or old newspapers and make sure all clothes and shoes are neatly tucked away.

Don’t – do any major renovations

Fixtures and new appliances might seem beautiful, but they might do more harm than good. After all, not every buyer will have your taste. Besides, why invest more on a house you’re trying to sell? If minor upgrades become costly, try to find a solution that will serve as a band-aide to the problem. Save your energy and money on your new home.

Do – Make the easy fixes

There are other options besides replacing furniture and fixtures. Instead of buying a new dishwasher, resurface your old one. Stainless-steel stick-on covering should cost no more than $30. Stain your dated kitchen cabinets while you’re at it, and consider replacing tattered tiles instead of the entire floor. Your place needs to look presentable, not brand new.

Don’t – think your house will sell easily

You never know what to expect when it comes to the real estate market. That’s why it’s important to make your house seem like the most appealing one in the area. Assuming your house is a hot commodity (without putting some elbow grease into it) will work against you, especially for prospective buyers.

Do – What you can!

It’s important that your house feels welcoming and warm. Make sure your curtains are open wide, the sun is shining through and all existing lights are working. Do small repairs, repaint, organize and, overall, make your home look inviting and cozy to live in. Think spring cleaning on steroids. You might want to consider hiring a professional cleaning service before your open house as well.

Do – Call an expert that you can trust

Dante Disabato has the experience in Southwest Florida to find the perfect home for you! He cares about the city just as much as you care about selling your home. Whatever your needs are, Dante Disabato  can help, so let’s get started on getting your house sparkling.

This material is based upon information which we consider reliable, but because it has been supplied by third parties, we cannot represent that it is accurate or complete, and it should not be relied upon as such. These offerings are subject to errors, omissions, prior sales, changes, including but not restricted to, price or withdrawal without notice. A buyer should be represented by legal counsel and have a professional inspection and a survey of the property certified to the buyer to verify information contained herein and all other information upon which a buyer may intend to rely. William Raveis Real Estate.