Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Top 5 Tips for DIY Staging: #5 Minimize the Mass

Minimize the Mass:

This one is tough, but is equally important as any of the other steps. Raise your hand if you are guilty of having furniture that is too big for a space, or too much furniture in one space. (Mine is raised right now!)

You really want your furniture to showcase your home while it is on the market. So while that might mean your favorite recliner that's blocking the fireplace isn't in prime position for the TV, it could mean that a prospective buyer walking in to a house will be bowled over by that beautiful focal point in the living room. So make sure that the way that your furniture is arranged complements the space and shows off the best features of the house. Don't get stuck in a rut of having all your furniture against the walls either. Properly placed, furniture will help define a room and give the home that feeling that everything flows easily within it.

So this lovely property up in North Glendale is listed at $499,000 and this is a family room that you step down in to from the kitchen. The one thing that jumps out at me, at least from the photograph, is how do I get in there to sit down? Do you have to squeeze between the table against the wall and the arm of the sofa? Take a look at the foosball table and the painting on a pedestal and then look at the picture below….
You can't easily walk around this furniture to the family room, and the foosball and wet bar don't exactly appear to have room enough to comfortably entertain for that purpose either. This is an excellent example of how a minimizing a few of these extra pieces and rearranging existing furniture, could really make this house stand out in a GREAT way.

This doesn't mean you have to go buy new furniture. TRUST ME! I am a huge proponent of working with what you have, and simply rearranging artwork and furniture in new and pleasing ways.

If the problem is too much furniture in a space, consider moving a piece to a different room. Can that dresser double as a sofa table in the living room? Or can that highboy be moved to the foyer or dining room? Move furniture around in unexpected ways and dress it up with decor appropriate to the room and nobody will notice a thing but how fabulous the house looks! Otherwise consider minimizing some of the bulky or extra furniture by temporarily placing it in storage until your house sells.

Be sure to read all 5 of the TOP TIPS FOR STAGING YOUR HOME TO SELL!

Happy Selling
Michelle Spalding


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