If you’re like most people selling a home in DC Ranch, your Realtor® has talked to you about how important it is to stage it properly. Staging is about more than cleaning up and rearranging your furniture – although those are both part of it. It’s really about making your home more appealing to prospective buyers.
And one of the most important rooms to stage is your living room. It’s where your buyers will spend a lot of time, outside the kitchen and the bedroom, and it has to be a welcoming, comfortable place.
Check out these five tips to stage your living room that can help you sell your home in DC Ranch quickly (and at the right price).
5 Living Room Staging Tips to Help You Sell Your Home in DC Ranch
When a prospective buyer walks into your living room, you want him or her to feel like it’s “home.” You can do that by following these tips:
- Clean thoroughly
- Declutter completely
- Create clear pathways
- Make the room exude comfort
- Brighten the whole space
#1. Clean thoroughly.
For most people, doing a deep-clean is essential – even if you’ve had a housekeeper coming by weekly (or more often) during the time you’ve lived in the home. You can hire someone or roll up your own sleeves, but either way, it needs to be done. Take special care to hit all the hot spots. Make sure you:
- Clean out sofa crevices with a vacuum attachment
- Clean slipcovers and accent pillows
- Clean the ceiling fan blades
- Dust air vents
- Dust all the wall art and photos
- Dust the backs of electronics
- Dust the ceiling and corners
- Have the carpet, hardwood or tile professionally cleaned
- Polish lamps and replace lightbulbs
- Scrub the windows until they’re spotless and streak-free
- Spot wash the walls (if your paint allows)
- Vacuum the top and back of the sofa
- Wash out windowsills
- Wash the doorknobs
- Wipe down switch plates
- Wrap electronics cords neatly
#2. Declutter completely.
If there’s anything in the living room that doesn’t belong, take it out. Don’t leave newspapers or magazines behind, even if you read them regularly. When you find items that don’t have a home of their own, it’s time to make a decision: Sell them, donate them, or keep them packed away until you move into your new home.
Get rid of anything that’s broken or unusable.
#3. Create clear pathways.
We’re all guilty of having one piece too many when it comes to furniture. If you have something that doesn’t “fit,” whether it’s style-wise or size-wise, it has to go when you’re staging your living room. Make sure there’s ample space between seating and that there are clear walking paths throughout the room.
Pro tip: Pull your sofa about 6 inches away from the wall if it backs up to it. While it sounds counterintuitive, it actually makes the room look larger.
#4. Make the room exude comfort.
Your living room needs to look like the perfect place to wind down at the end of a long day. That’ll increase its appeal to potential buyers. You can do that by:
- Adding tall or voluminous plants, especially in empty or unused spaces. Don’t add plants to areas that are already a bit crowded, though – you don’t want your prospective buyers to feel like they’ve walked into a botanical garden.
- Trade out your coffee table for an oversized ottoman. You can add a tray with a small vase of flowers and a few books if you’d like, but it’s not always necessary. Don’t add the tray if the room appears crowded!
- Use console tables to separate spaces if your home has a very open floor plan. Typically, that means putting a console table behind the sofa.
- Add a throw blanket in your living room’s accent cover, as well as a few bright, vibrant pillows that practically beg guests to sit down.
#5. Brighten the whole space.
Throw back the drapes, pull up the blinds – do whatever you must do to let in as much natural light as possible. Check the living room in the middle of the day, and if there are any dim spots, add a lamp. Check it again in the evening, after the sun’s gone down, and look for other dim spots. You want to have a good mix of overhead lighting, task lighting, and ambient lighting that complements the room.
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