If you’re like most people selling a home in Catonsville, you know you need to stage it. In fact, your Catonsville REALTOR® has probably already talked about how important staging is to your sale. The bottom line is that staged homes sell for an average of 17 percent more than non-staged homes do – and 95 percent of staged homes sell in 11 days or fewer. So should you stage every room? What about your dining room?
How to Stage Your Dining Room to Sell Your Home in Catonsville
Your dining room is an important part of your home – and you need to show buyers that it’ll be an important part to them after they purchase, too. Buyers are really looking for a dining room that’s:
- Roomy enough to fit their dining table
- Bright enough to enjoy at all hours of the day
- Comfortable and inviting
- Easy to clean
That’s what you need to keep in mind when you’re staging, and you can use the following tips to do so.
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7 Tips for Staging Your Dining Room
After you declutter and clean your dining room from top to bottom, use these seven tips to stage it to sell:
- Bring in a rug if you’re using one.
- Center your room on the table – or create balance.
- Keep only four chairs.
- Check your traffic area.
- Install clear light fixtures.
- Decide to set, or not to set.
- Hang a framed mirror.
Here’s a closer look at each.
#1. Bring in a rug if you’re using one.
If you plan to use an area rug in your staging – or if you already have one – move your table and center the rug beneath your chandelier. If you can’t center on the chandelier, place the rug right in the middle of the room.
#2. Center your room on the table – or create balance.
Put the table in the center of the rug. If your dining room is extremely large or oblong, you may need to put the table on one end and balance it out with a buffet or china cabinet on the other side of the room. The idea is to place something of equal visual weight on the other side to create balance that buyers will love.
#3. Keep only four chairs.
Unless your table is tremendous – and so is your dining room – you’ll want to “edit out” chairs numbering more than four. Push in the chairs so there’s plenty of space for traffic to flow around the table.
#4. Check your traffic area.
If there isn’t enough room for you and another person to walk normally around the entire table (at the same time!), it’s too big for the room. You may consider swapping it out for a round table instead – or moving it to another place in the room. If the furniture is too big for the room, it’ll diminish the space… and that’s the last thing you want when you’re trying to sell your home.
#5. Install clear light fixtures.
Clear light fixtures let out more light, and you need long sight lines in your dining room (especially if it’s not as large as you’d like). While you’re at it, make sure you open all the blinds to let in as much natural light as possible during showings.
#6. Decide to set, or not to set.
You can set your table or leave it empty – it’s a matter of personal preference. However, if you do set your table, make sure you don’t clutter it with a full dinner setting. Keep it simple or opt for a floral arrangement, a few candles and a table runner.
#7. Hang a framed mirror.
Hanging a framed mirror opposite your dining room’s largest window is a smart style choice. It reflects light and makes your space appear more open, which buyers love.
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