How to Stage Your Family Room
In addition to the kitchen, the family room also receives a lot of scrutiny from buyers. Besides the kitchen, it’s where the family gathers...it’s where we all relax after a hard day.
You don’t have to knock out walls to make your family room stand out to the buyer. You will want to show the possibilities and livability of the room!
How to Stage Your Family Room...
This is one of the first things that’s recommended for all of your rooms when selling your house.
If you have a taste specific color, use a color that is neutral...one that will appeal to many buyers and not turn off others.
Two things that will turn off a Buyer quickly is a house with an odor and one that is dirty!
The best thing you can do is clean over, under, around, in and on top of everything!
Don’t forget to also clean either yourself or professionally your upholstered furniture and rugs and carpet.
If you have patio doors, make sure you clean the tracks as well.
RIGHT-SIZE YOUR FURNITURE
What many people do is buy furniture for their next house...the one that they hope will be larger.
What this ends up doing is making your family room look small and crowded.
Or, we use pieces that we fell in love with because they are so comfortable without any thought to size and proportion.
Whatever the case, if you aren’t in a position to buy or rent more size-appropriate pieces, then remove pieces that you don’t need. Store them for your next home!
FIND THE FOCAL POINT
You want something that will draw your buyers into the room. If your buyers aren’t going into a room, but only peeking in, that adds up to low interest.
For family rooms, it might be a fireplace, a large piece of art, a seating area or a TV/media center.
While some people frown on televisions being used in staging, let’s be real! What’s one of the first things that someone will ask when they walk into a family room? Where can we put the TV?
You have a house to sell, so show it! Let your buyers see what they may want to buy. If your only artificial light is the overhead fixture that came with the house, then you need to head to Home Goods or Home Depot and invest in some light fixtures!
Spread the lamps around to create the right mood. Want to know just how much ambient lighting you’ll need? Check here.
Remove heavy valances and window coverings.
Make them sparkle.
If you have screens on them, remove them! (Did you know that removing screens lets in as much as 30% more light!)
Make sure that there are no obstacles blocking the view. For those of us who live in Florida, our buyers are looking for the tropical lifestyle. That view is what will help with the investment you’ve made in your home.
The client was blocking the view with the sheers, tv, and bookstand. And the fireplace gets lost.
FLOAT OR ANCHOR YOUR SEATING
While you won’t want to have a lot of small rugs eating up space, you will want to use larger rugs to act as an anchor for your seating areas. It helps to define a space, especially if you a large family room, or one that is longer than it is wide. (the bowling alley room), or one that has a very unique shape.
As you would throughout the house, edit what you don’t need or items that will distract or detract from the viewing experience.
Take a look at your bookshelves and remove about 75% of what you have on them. Go ahead and pack them up!
Now comes the fun part! Even though it has been more comfortable having that recliner close to the patio door, you may have to reposition it so that buyers will be able to easily go out to view your pool or patio area.
Make sure that traffic paths are not blocked!
Need help staging your family room? Contact Room Service Home Staging for our tailored just for you Consultation!!