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Selling your home: 13 tips for preparing your living room for a sale

October 11, 2021 9:00 am by Upside

The living room is the heart of the home, so you want it to be presented in its best light when it comes to selling your property. Follow our tips below to make sure your living room looks fresh, clean and appealing to prospective buyers.

1. Do a declutter

You want a clean slate to work with, so first thing’s first: do a general tidy-up and get rid of any unnecessary bits and pieces creating clutter in the living room.

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2. Get into the nooks and crannies

Give those often-ignored areas like windowsills and light-fittings a good cleaning.

3. Repair any minor imperfections

Prospective buyers will be inspecting your property with an eagle eye, so make sure to repair blemishes like cracks or chips in the walls, or scuffs in the skirting boards.

4. Paint the walls a neutral colour

You may have chosen a lime green or deep red to match your décor, but it’s best to stick with a neutral and inviting tone that will appeal to the widest pool of potential buyers.

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5. Give the flooring a professional clean

Whether you have carpet or floorboards, you want to make sure that your flooring looks as close to new as possible when your home goes on the market.

6. Replace old fixtures

A simple improvement like a new light fitting can make your living room look fresh, modern, and appealing.

7. Allow natural light

Replace heavy curtains or blinds with window shades that allow plenty of natural light in the room.

8. Add a scent diffuser

You want your home to smell inviting just as much as it looks inviting, so pick up a scent diffuser to add a subtle fragrance to your living room.

RELATED: How to make your house smell nicer before selling it

Eucalyptus or citrus oils are great for creating a refreshing smell

9. Use warm lighting

Replace those cool-toned or fluorescent light bulbs with warm-toned lighting to enhance your living room’s ambience.

10. Stick to neutral décor

If you have particularly eccentric tastes when it comes to decorating, consider replacing those bold pieces with décor that has a more broad appeal.

11. Clean furniture upholstery

Make sure your furniture is in top condition, and if you’re not sure how to clean a lounge or other furniture properly, consider consulting with a professional upholstery cleaner.

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12. Clean the windows inside and out

The aim of the game is to make your living space look as fresh and neat as possible, so make sure those windows are dust-free and sparkling clean.

13. Get home styling advice

Professional home stagers can offer personalised advice on how best to present your living room (and the rest of your home) when it comes time to sell.

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