Home Decorating and Staging
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Outdated Living Room

Staging an outdated living room can involve thousands of dollars, or you can do it simply and inexpensively and get pretty much the same result.

The value of a home (the price a buyer is willing to pay for it) is determined by the sales price of comparable homes in the area. This can be hard for a seller to grasp, particularly if they've invested lots of money in remodeling. Some remodeling projects add value and some don't.

If you add square footage, bedrooms or baths and do a professional job, you have a better chance of increasing the value of  your home. But it all depends on what similar homes in your neighborhood are selling for.

If you're contemplating a remodel just to sell a home, it's a good idea to get an estimate of the value of your home from a realtor familiar with your area first. You don't want to spend money you can't get back.

Buyers are fairly easy to please if you understand what they want:

  • Fair price
  • Clean
  • Roomy
  • Attractive

All these are within the seller's control with the help of some cleaning, painting and simple staging. You don't have to bring in all new to update an outdated home.

Updating an Outdated Living Room

This outdated living room belonged to an elderly couple. The husband had recently passed away, and the wife was moved to a nursing home. The grown children wanted to preserve as much of their mother's capital as possible because she was going to need it for living expenses.

We accepted the challenge to make this home look as inviting as possible, for as little money as possible. That meant working with the existing furniture.


Before the Finishing Touches


Staging Details

  • All the knick-knacks, artificial flowers, art, and old pillows were removed.
  • Outdated draperies were taken down to reveal big windows and sunlight. Mini-blinds were cleaned.
  • The carpet was too badly stained to save. New carpet is a relatively inexpensive way to make a home feel clean and fresh.
  • Pink walls were painted a neutral wall color that appeals to most buyers.
  • An artificial tree was moved from another area of the house to soften a corner.
  • A new area rug introduces an updated color scheme. Even though the furniture is still vintage, now we can add some new accents.
  • Coffee table is dressed with some greenery, an open travel book and a gold egg.
  • Modern art and new pillows totally alter the look.

After staging, this home sold quickly in 2009, during a sluggish market with lots of competition from neighboring homes.

Outdated Dining Room. See how we staged the dining room in this same home.

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Alex Hinst is the author of Home Decorating and Staging and owner of Alex Hinst Designs, located in Denver's Historic Highlands.

Alex Hinst Designs has hundreds of success stories in both private and investor home renovations and is dedicated to helping you create your perfect home.