Home Staging a living room need not be a daunting task. Keep in mind that the function of a formal living room is plain and simple, a cozy room to invite friends to sit to have a conversation. If you are fortunate enough to have a formal living room, it is wise to market the “formal” in the room. This means no televisions, exercise equipment, or toys.
When determining how to stage the living room, stand in the doorway at which buyers will first be entering, usually the foyer. Ask yourself, “Does the room invite me to want to come in and sit? Is there a clear path to maneuver around the room without having to swerve around the furniture?” If not, the furniture needs rearranging and if your home is like most, it may have too much furniture for marketing the house for sale. Furniture should also fit the scale of the room. Oversized couches and chairs make a room look smaller.
In Grand Rapids, fireplaces are a sought after feature so if your living room has a fireplace it should be played up as the focal point of the room. This is accomplished through the placement of furniture and decor. Personal items and collections should be packed away so they do not distract buyers and little hands don’t disturb them. When selecting décor, keep in mind that Grand Rapids is generally a conservative community. Simple décor is what we are looking to achieve so remove any excess books or knick-knacks and replace them with a few larger, tastefully selected items. Remember, a buyer is looking to purchase your house, not your stuff – effective home staging places the emphasis on the product for sale, the house.
Ample lighting, especially in the winter months, also helps to reveal the appeal of your living room. Make sure you have enough lamps to light the entire room sufficiently. All drapes and blinds should be open to let in as much natural light as possible. This may unveil some flaws that you haven’t noticed so carefully inspect the carpet, trim, and walls. Freshly cleaned carpet, painted walls (in a warm, neutral color), and sparkling windows will impress buyers that you have taken care of the home.Contributed to GrandRapidsResource.com by: Heidi Herbruck at Simply Staged