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Stage AFTER this Quick Living Room Update

October 12, 2016 (posted by Jennifer Campbell, Home Staging Calgary)
Selling a house or condo that looks a bit tired and dated can result in a long drawn out headache. That’s because many buyers are seeking move-in-ready properties, which is why it’s so important to stage after home improvements. For owners of condos or houses that are looking a bit dark and dated, swapping out flooring before you stage can be the living room update that makes the difference in terms of a faster sale.

Especially for DIYers, replacing living room carpet with a wide plank laminate flooring can be a fairly quick and easy living room update that will offer an excellent return on your investment. You can also pay to have it installed for you. It’s just that you’ll have to keep those extra costs in mind when you’re deciding how much you should invest.

Does this room look familiar?

Before: Living room before home staging.

When I sold my Sunnyside condo in the spring, this is one of the updates we had done prior to staging the condo to sell. It was a great weekend project and created an instant impact as soon as the potential buyers walked in the door.

See the difference home staging makes.

After: A cozy sectional with neutral and green art and cushions enhance the warm “rock faced” gas fireplace.

This living room update added to the fresh, clean and updated feel that we knew would appeal to potential buyers looking for condos in our area. The proof is in the pudding as they say. The condo quickly sold and we were free to move on to our next home.

What to do with the old carpet that you’re removing? Well, if it’s still in good condition, try listing it on Kijiji or sharing it with someone on Freecycle. We had a couple come and take ours who were very happy to use it in their own basement renovation. Always think of re-use if possible.

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