The living room is usually the first room a person sees when they enter a house. Your living room needs to be in top shape when you are selling your house. A cluttered entryway and a cluttered living room sets the stage for the rest of the house. Since people spend most of their time in the living room, that is the first place a buyer will start visualizing their stuff. Is there enough room for the furniture? Is the fireplace in an appropriate place for their furniture to configure around? What about wall space for art? Are there built-in bookcases? If so, will they work for the buyer’s needs?
Minimize your stuff to maximize the room. Declutter, repurpose space to its original intent, show off the walls, organize the room to flow. Here are some tips:
- Pack away most or all of your CDs, LPs and books. You are moving, so start packing now. You couldn’t possibly listen to all 1200 LPs before you move so crate them away safely to enjoy later. Otherwise your livingroom will be remembered as the music room and the buyers will lose their own style.
- Stage the built-ins. Show off how much space the shelves provide with a few things on each rather than stuffing them full.
- Remove the family photos. It won’t be your room much longer so let the buyers envision it as theirs without your family members staring out from beautiful frames.
- Clean the carpet or polish the floors
- Out of place furniture, even if it is the comfy old seat, should be removed. Old, large furniture tends to overtake the space.
- Clean the fireplace, including the brickwork around it and the mantel. Make it fresh for the new owners.
- If your furniture is old and ruined by wear, consider storing it (or tossing it) and renting fresh furniture for staging.
- Remove what I call “dust collectors”; knick-knacks that will make you work hard to keep the house dust free. You are moving so start packing.
- Dust the ceiling fan and any hanging lamps. Change light bulbs to a brighter type.
- When showing your house, turn on ALL lights and open ALL binds and drapes. Letting the natural light indoors, combined with bright lamps will make the rooms look larger.
Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors 2092 Old Taylor Road Oxford MS 38655, 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344