Home Staging the Family Room or Great Room
Home Staging the family room is one of the most difficult tasks when it comes to preparing a home for the Real Estate market. While at home, we spend most of our time in the family room therefore through the years we have formed an imprint of who we are in this room. Effective home eliminates that imprint and creates a space in which buyers can visualize their unique imprint in the room.
According the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary , a “family room” is “a large room designed as a recreation center and informal gathering place for members of a family.” Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at home staging the family room.
First of all, the definition tells us that the family room is “a large room”. When home staging, we want to make sure the family room shows off its true spaciousness. Too much furniture, ineffective furniture placement, and heavy draperies tend to make the space look smaller. For a more detailed explanation, visit my previous blog: Home Staging the Living Room.
Secondly the family room is a “recreation center”. Today’s recreation in the family room can vary from TV viewing, media usage, video game playing, computer usage, board game playing, book and magazine reading, and if you have small kids, toy playing. That’s a lot of recreation! Does everyone like all these forms of recreation? Probably not, so stage the family room to appeal to the broadest range of buyers by making the space as generic as possible.
The last part of the definition states that the family room is an “informal gathering place for members of a family”. Successful home staging creates a comfortable family room in which buyers can envision themselves enjoying lots of time together as a family. The result should be a room that is inviting, cozy, relaxing, and informal. Eliminate any distractions or restlessness by de-cluttering the space as much as possible, Start by hiding as much of the media equipment as possible. Make sure any cords are coiled up nicely and hidden from view. Put all dvd’s or cds in a cabinet or decorative box with a lid. Also, move any toys to another location while your house is on the market. As you home stage, keep reminding yourself that the way you live in your house and the way you market it for sale are two different things. By staging, these inconveniences should be short-lived since you will soon be moving to your dream home.
Many homes in the Grand Rapids area have what is called a “great room”. Merriam-Webster states that a “great room” is “a large room in a residence usually serving several functions (as of a dining room, living room, and family room)”. The key thing I want to touch upon here is that the great room usually serves several functions. When staging a great room, it is important to allow the buyer to visualize the function of each space. Therefore, make sure each area is defined to portray its specific use. This is usually achieved through the strategic placement of furniture and rugs.
Home staging the family room may be a difficult task but it will pay off in the end. Look at the room through “buyer’s eyes” and you will create a room that buyers can’t resist. Happy staging!
Contributed to GrandRapidsResource.com by:Heidi Herbruck at Simply Staged