Living rooms are the heart of the home. It is where family gatherings, movie nights and memories are made. The living room should be a representation of your personality. When it comes to selling your home, however, potential buyers want to be able to picture themselves living in your home.
Need some advice on how to make your living room more attractive to potential buyers? Here are seven decorating mistakes to avoid when getting your home ready to sell:
1. The TV as main attraction
If your TV is placed above the fireplace mantle or considered the focal point of the room, move it. Buyers want to see an attractive room that they can picture future interaction in, not channel-surfing.
2. Bright wall colors
Consider repainting if your walls are a saturated color. Even though you may love the color, go for something more neutral. If the buyer probably doesn’t love bright orange, s/he won’t look past the thought of having to prime and repaint the room to see what the room does offer. Saturated colors require more layers to cover up, so repaint for the potential buyer.
3. Hanging artwork and pictures too high
Hanging pieces too high on a wall is common and has the potential to throw off a room. All art and pictures should be hung at eye level – about 60 inches from the floor to the center of a piece.
4. All furniture against walls
A very common mistake is pushing the furniture up to the walls. Doing this can make the room feel much smaller and limited in possibilities. Create a comfortable environment by placing your furniture in a way that promotes conversation. This rearrangement can make the living room look and feel more like home to potential buyers.
5. Limited light
A poorly lit living room is an easy fix. Add more sources of light throughout the room. Lamps and overhead lights can easily brighten a room and help potential buyers see all the room has to offer.
6. Too much clutter
Depending on your decorating style, knickknacks might be just the right touch to show your personality. But potential buyers want to see themselves living in the home, not you. Knickknacks and other clutter can get in the way of buyers’ seeing their future there. When staging your home, it’s important to remember that every room should be clutter-free and decorated in a way that makes it easy for a possible buyer to see exactly what they’re looking for.
7. Too many neutrals
Neutral colors are in, but if your whole room is neutral it can be an eyesore – or just plain unmemorable. Add a few colorful pieces to give the room a little more life and to make it pop!
These few easy changes can make your home much more appealing to potential buyers. Remember, even though you may love your living room, your staged home should show the world of options to available to your potential buyers.
We hope this information will be helpful to you. Do you have any questions about these tips? Contact Mutual Title today!