Can the Buyers See Themselves Living In the Living Room?Sellers - Staging living room

The living and family rooms are where your new buyers will do most of their “living,” so you want to make the space as inviting as possible.

Here are some tips to make the living and family rooms appear their best:

  • If you have a favorite “old” chair that doesn’t go with the rest of the furniture, remove it. Big furniture can weigh down aspace.
  • Place a vase with flowers on the coffee table, or a tray with a tea pot, cup set and napkins.
  • Take down or rearrange pictures or objects that create the sense that this is your home. Patch and paint if necessary.
  • Vacuum your floor each morning. Consider getting your carpets cleaned before potential buyers view your house.
  • Clean your fireplace.
  • Leave some lights on during the day. During “showings” turn on all lights and lamps.
  • If the carpeting is in bad shape, shampoo it or replace it.
  • If your furniture shows the effect of raising five kids or if pets have ruined the rugs and upholstery, think about storing or removing your existing furniture. Buy, borrow or rent what you need.
  • Put away your holiday decorations unless you are showing your home during the holiday season.
  • Have your DVD collection, CDs, and video games out of sight.
  • Open the drapes and blinds. Nothing is more depressing than walking into a home where shades, curtains and drapes are closed.
  • Remove all knick-knacks under 10 inches tall.