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9 Horrible Home Staging Fails You Have to See to Believe

by www-venturehomerealestate-com December 11, 2018


Home staging, when it’s done right, can help sell a property quickly and profitably. But, what happens when it’s done wrong? Well, first, it can provide plenty of laughs, and then, second, it may offer some serious lessons about what not to do when you’re prepping your home for sale.

If you’re wondering what types of things you should avoid, look no further. From creepy marionettes to overcrowding an area so it screams “cramped,” Instagram is rife with #stagingfails. These photos, shared by real estate agents who couldn’t quite believe their eyes, illustrate how the wrong decor can potentially dissuade buyers from taking a longer look. Sneak a peek and make a mental note to skip these staging faux pas in the future.

1. Too much matching can backfire

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Missed this #hgtv #diy #episode Lets exclude the matching bedding-lol #stagingfail #decoratingdisaster #designdilemma #whatnottodo #royallepagercr #mullingrouponthemove

A post shared by CherylHagymasy (@cherylhagymasyroyallepagercr) on Mar 7, 2017 at 8:04pm PST

It’s natural to want your home furnishings to complement each other, but this is taking it a wee bit too far. Here, the bed almost seems like an optical illusion. Make no mistake, it’s real—and it’s not working.

2. Don’t MacGyver your chandelier

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Hey friends! It’s #whatweseewednesdays 🙌🏻🙌🏻😁where we share some of the funny😂 or just weird 🤔things our agent’s 👀 see on showings! We agree 👏🏻that it’s nice to have your dining room light centered above your table ~ but couldn’t believe this seller was using a 🐶 dog leash and collar to accomplish the task!! 🤦🏻‍♀️ #justNO 🙅🏽‍♂️ #Stagingfail #noleashesfordecoratingorDIY 🙏🏻😂 . . . . . . #realtors #realtor #realestate #twincitiesrealestate #mnrealtor #mnrealeatate #diy #realtorhumor #realtorlife #minneapolis #stpaul #homesforsale #homebuyers #homesellers #firsttimehomebuyer #realtorsofinstagram #realtorlife #diylighting #realtorfun #thingsthatmakeyougohmm

A post shared by Barker Hedges Group (@barkerhedgesgroup) on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:45am PST

Points for creativity, but still. Rigging up your light fixture with a dog leash and collar, even if it’s to center it over the table, makes buyers wonder what other unusual hacks this homeowner’s got going on.

3. Not everyone wants a bear hug before bed

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Today on #whatweseewednesdays we talk taxidermy. If you are a seller that has creatures on display ~ please just pack them away for your new home! You don’t want to scare your potential buyers on showings! 😳 #freestagingadvice #nodeadthings #whatawaytowakeup 😴🐻😲 #herekittykitty 🤭 #taxidermy

A post shared by Barker Hedges Group (@barkerhedgesgroup) on Dec 27, 2017 at 10:07am PST

Taxidermy isn’t every buyer’s cup of tea. It’s best to take down any creatures that would potentially scare off interested parties.

4. And more taxidermy does not make it better

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Yes. You MUST take them down if you want to sell….and tell that Hyena not to look so smug. #realestate #stagingfail

A post shared by Greg Cooper (@gregcooper2018) on Oct 29, 2018 at 9:14am PDT

You have to agree with the agent on this one: That hyena does look pretty smug.

5. Unless it’s a rubber duck, toys don’t belong in the bathroom

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Guess what day it is!!?!! ? ????It’s #whatweseewednesdays – where we show you the interesting things our awesome Barker Hedges Group agents see in their #realtorlife. I’m sure there is a story here?~ but for showings it was a bit awkward .? #bathroomsamuraimarionette ??‍♂️ #okthen #moreawkwardformen ?

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Aside from the bizarre fact that this marionette is dangling above the toilet, it’s safe to say that toys should almost always be relegated to a playroom or a child’s room. Though we suppose this might at least keep home buyers from taking a quick pee break during their tour.

6. Statement ceilings can be taken too far

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Why yes doesn’t everyone love leopard skin print on their half bath ceiling #homethatisntselling #realtorfinds #showinghomes #wallpaper #stagingfail #lovemyjob

A post shared by Lisa Glikbarg (@realtorlisag) on Apr 15, 2017 at 8:59pm PDT

Many consider the ceiling a room’s fifth wall, a veritable blank canvas just waiting to be adorned. While statement ceilings are making a comeback, this is just a little too much. If you’re drawing the eye upward, you want it to be for a good reason. This isn’t it.

7. Keep your over-the-top decor on the down-low

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Been a while since I’ve added a #stagingfail but this fanTASTIC bedspread was just calling out… #forsale #getwhatyouwant #littleportugal #brocktonvillage #staging #realestate

A post shared by theBRELteam (@thebrelteam) on Nov 29, 2016 at 7:28pm PST

Even if you’re a feline fanatic, you may find this bedspread to be a little in your face. Most stagers agree: When in doubt, keep decor neutral. Anyone with a cat allergy is bound to run right out of this place.

8. Don’t draw attention to tight spaces

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At Fresh Start, we know there’s more than one way to dress a small space – and this isn’t one of them! #freshstartto #torontostager #stagingfail

A post shared by Fresh Start TO (@freshstartstagingto) on Aug 23, 2016 at 8:46am PDT

It’s natural for homeowners want to make the most of every inch of their property, but unless one person is willing to hop over the table to dine, this cozy setup only points out that there isn’t a whole lot of room here. It would’ve been better to leave it empty.

9. Good intentions only go so far

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Plants are great! Just remember to actually plant them…

A post shared by Brad Speck (@meetbradspeck) on Feb 23, 2016 at 10:17am PST

We get it, staging the interior and exterior of your home can be exhausting, but you can’t stop here, at least not without raising some eyebrows.

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