Wednesday, January 23, 2013

HOME STAGING: The Living Areas

This week we are going to discuss staging your living areas. This is probably one of the most important areas to stage because these are the rooms known for relaxation. The living room, family room and dining room is what makes a house a home. Here are some simple and efficient ways to stage your home prior to a showing.

Clean and declutter
Thoroughly clean the areas. Items such as magazines, books and papers should be packed and stored. Clutter is distracting to homebuyers.

Keep it neutral
If the rooms are painted in bright colors, you may want to consider repainting the rooms. Wallpaper could also be removed.

Dress the windows
Ensure that your window dressings are clean and appealing. Also, clean windows make the room appear brighter.

Dress up the areas
Place a vase of flowers on a table. Stage the areas as if you were entertaining guests.

Evaluate furnishings
Be certain your living areas are appropriately furnished for the room’s intended use.

Brighten it up
Turn on all of the lights for showings.

Have you done any of these staging practices when preparing your home to sell?
If so, did they work? We would love to hear your personal experiences!