When you need to relax after a hard day at work, or to have a few friends over for the game, the living (or family) room is the place to go – your own little realm of tranquility. What may have worked for you in the past might not work for someone else or appeal to buyers. Similarly to all the other rooms in your home, staging is a vital aspect of resale. Imagine you’re walking through a showcase of a home and your living room spontaneously appeared as the main model; how would you want it to look?
Gutting it out
If you like to keep lots of things in your living room, particularly when you have a television in there, you are going to need to gut out most of your possessions. Start removing all the unnecessary items: books, children’s toys, magazines, mail, etc. For homes with children, organizing their toys in a decorative basket or cabinet will be very appealing to the emotion of buyers. If you have a book or movie collection in your living room you may also have to re-organize. If you have paintings or pictures that suit the room quite well, then keep them there.
A common mistake by sellers is that they believe that removing most of their furniture will allow the prospective buyer to better visualize their things. This is true – you want them to visualize – but they will have an easier time when there is a base there. Rearrange your furniture to a system that not only looks good, but also creates optimal space. You may have to a bit of experimenting for this and ask a friend or your REALTOR® what they think is best. Adding a mirror to a wall, maybe in the place of large photo, may be a viable way to create the illusion of more space. But if you lack considerable amount of furniture, then you’re going to have to add some items in the living room.
Refreshing the room
Depending on the condition of the room, you’re probably not going to have to burn a hole in your wallet to refresh the look a bit. But, if the room looks a bit shabby, you may have to renovate – especially if the carpets are torn or there is considerable damage to your furniture. Even if your living room is in solid condition, it’s still a good idea to clean it and change the look of it a bit. If you have carpet or hardwood floor, rent a steam or carpet cleaner from a local company, and spend afternoon just soaking those things up – you’ll be surprised what they can do.
Look for any visible mess, damage or wear n’ tear in your living room and fix it up. For a selection of paint options, refer to our other blog.
Lastly, adding some decorative pieces and maybe a small bowl of candy can lure in viewers. And don’t be shy to ask your real estate agent for help; they have years of experience with staging and selling homes.