If you’re selling your home in DC Ranch, your real estate agent almost likely talked to you about home staging. Home staging is incredibly important; it helps buyers appreciate the finer points of your property while imagining themselves living there. One of the rooms your real estate agent will most likely tell you to spend some time staging is the living room. Fortunately, you can use these ten genius living room staging hacks to help you sell your home faster and for more money.
10 Genius Living Room Staging Hacks That Can Help You Sell Your Home Faster (and for More Money)
Check out these ten genius living room staging hacks if you’d like to sell your home faster and for more money:
- Rearrange your furniture
- Declutter tables
- Add plants
- Put in a mirror
- Swap out your window dressings
- Update the light fixture
- Use colorful accents
- Implement the “rule of threes”
- Find a focal point
- Repaint the walls
Here’s a closer look at each.
Genius Living Room Staging Tip #1: Rearrange Your Furniture
buyers like to see open spaces, but if your furniture is cluttering up walking paths, it’s time to rearrange it. You may want to store some furniture, particularly if it’s oversized or makes your space appear cluttered. Additionally, you may want to store any furnishings that have seen better days. You can take them back out of storage when you arrive in your new home.
Genius Living Room Staging Tip #2: Declutter Tables
If you have a coffee table or end tables in your living room, make sure they’re clear of clutter. Generally, the only items that belong on these tables are lamps and remote controls. If they’re exceptionally large, you may be able to place a plant, a candle, or another small decorative accent.
Genius Living Room Staging Tip #3: Add Plants
Plants bring a space to life, and that’s what buyers like to see. Consider adding a friendly looking, easy-to-care-for plant to your living room, such as a peace lily, mother-in-law’s tongue or something similar. If you have an unused corner, you may even decide to place a tall fern or bamboo plant there to show buyers how versatile and spacious your living room really is.
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Genius Living Room Staging Tip #4: Put in a Mirror
Mirrors make rooms appear larger, and they reflect light – two things that buyers want to see when they tour homes. A basic tenet of home staging is to depersonalize your decor, so if you are taking down a family photo or something that buyers may not appreciate, replace it with a mirror. A good rule of thumb is to place a mirror opposite your largest, most beautiful window; that way, it reflects the views and lets plenty of natural light bounce around
Genius Living Room Staging Tip #5: Swap Out Your Window Dressings
If you have heavy drapes, it’s time to say goodbye to them while your home is on the market. You can rehang them at your new home if you’d like, but in the meantime, you should use light, white curtains that you can draw back completely when people show up for tours of your home.
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Genius Living Room Staging Tip #6: Update the Light Fixture
One of the easiest ways to date a home is to look at its light fixtures. If your light fixtures are old enough to vote, it’s time for an upgrade. Visit your favorite home improvement store to see what’s available; you should be able to replace your light fixture yourself in a relatively short amount of time.
Genius Living Room Staging Tip #7: Use Colorful Accents
Although buyers prefer to tour homes that are neutrally colored inside, it’s a good idea to use colorful accents. That way, you give buyers a springboard for their imaginations. They’ll be able to envision their own decorative style adorning your space.
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Genius Living Room Staging Tip #8: Implement the “Rule of Threes”
Though most of your surfaces should be completely clutter-free, you don’t want them to be empty, either. That means adding a few decorative elements here and there. If you have shelves, a fireplace mantel or a large coffee table, you should use the rule of threes, which says that decorative elements should always be placed in groups of three, five or seven. (And For the record, five or seven is usually too many.)
Genius Living Room Staging Tip #9: Find a Focal Point
Nearly every room has a focal point; it’s the first thing you notice when you walk in. In your living room, it may be the fireplace, a beautiful window, or even your furniture. Figure out what the focal point of your living room is, and then decide if that’s what you want it to be. If not, consider drawing attention to special features by using the appropriate decor and lighting.
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Genius Living Room Staging Tip #10: Repaint the Walls
Buyers like to see freshly painted interiors, and many will ask you to repaint your home anyway. You can knock this task out of the way now by repainting any rooms that need it. Choose a neutral color so buyers aren’t put off buy something they don’t like.
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