These rooms in the home are usually where families gather most often.

The two rooms will also serve as entertainment centers for both the family and guests.

You can expect potential home buyers to look at these rooms accordingly, and it is essential they be warm and inviting.

It is particularly important to remove personal photographs (both on the walls and on tables) that remind buyers they don’t live there. After all, you want buyers to be able to envision themselves in your home, and that’s difficult when looking at others’ photographs or portraiture.

  • Arrange the room so as to promote conversation, if it’s not that way already. 
  • A warm paint color for the living room is a good idea. Use neutral tones here but that doesn’t limit you to beige. There are plenty of warm colors you can try, such as soft shades of green, blue, or brown.
  • "Neutral" never has to be boring. A neutral color scheme can be brought alive with colorful accent items, such as pillows and rugs. Color-coordinate these items for a professionally designed appearance.
  • Too much furniture tends to create a crowded, even claustrophobic, feeling. The room needs to breathe. If it’s hard to walk through because of having too much furniture, remove some items and place them in storage.
  • Consider renting furniture for staging purposes. You may love your old college furniture but potential buyers won’t.
  • If the furniture has that worn look but is otherwise in perfectly good shape, I suggest using a slip cover as a low-cost way to enhance the appearance of your sofa and chairs. Slip covers can also help soften overly bright or "loud" fabric colors.
  • Make sure the mantle is not overloaded with knick knacks. Opt instead for a  vase or flower arrangement. Just a couple of items should be sufficient.
  • Here’s an important tip. A fireplace (if you have one) should be the focal point of the room. Arrange seating to face the fireplace. And, believe it or not, if you have a huge television, consider removing it. It will draw attention away from the fireplace.

To sum it up for these rooms, people want a living room or family room area that seems open, airy, and inviting. When people naturally want to sit down and spend time in the room, you’ve achieved your home-staging goals for the room!

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