If I can't watch TV in the living room, I'm not buying this home.

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Real Estate Agent with Watson Realty Corp

If I can't watch TV in the living room, I'm not buying this house. 

St Augustine Home Staging
 
When trying to sell a 5 bedroom, 3 bath home, an important part of the functionality is the living room. Let's face it, if you need a home this large, you probably have kids and you just might sit and watch television or watch movies. It's not at all unusual, as a professional home stager, to hear from agents that the home isn't selling because a buyer's TV won't fit in the nook above the fireplace. What happens when the layout of the furniture makes it feel like you can't watch TV?
 
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As a basic rule of design, if your home has 5 bedrooms, it should allow for seating of at least 6 people. (Two people in the master + 1 in each additional bedroom) If your room layout doesn't feel like it can accommodate at least that many, you have a problem. Amplify that if you can't sit and watch TV from more than one chair in the house.

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Adding only a rug, a piece of art, a lamp and a couple of throw pillows, {all rental pieces} this room was transformed into a space that a family can enjoy. While we did not add additional seating, leaving the long wall, under the windows, completely open shows that you have sufficient room to add another sofa or love seat.  By moving the existing sofa to face the fireplace and television, this space now feels like a space that a family can gather in. 
 
Showing off the features and benefits of a home while working within the homeowner's budget is the job of a skilled professional home stager. 
 
If you are in the St Augustine market and would like to sell faster or sell for more, please contact us at Rave ReViews Home Staging
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 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

For more information on buying or selling in the St Augustine, St Johns, Jacksonville, or Ponte Vedra area, visit StageListSellNEFL.com or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at gmail.com), Watson Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).

 

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Erica Ramus
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

Love how the one larger piece of art over the fireplace really made a difference.

August 04, 2012 11:58 AM
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Tammie White
TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net

I have found some people just don't think to float their couch. They think it has to sit against a wall. Whenever I go into a house and I suggest a homeowner do exactly what you've done here, they are surprised. Then when we actually move the couch and they see it, they often wonder why they hadn't thought of doing that sooner. Stagers provide a new perspective for most sellers.

August 04, 2012 12:25 PM
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Pamela Seley, REALTORĀ®
Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
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Melissa, much better furniture placement than the before. For many families, a place to gather and watch TV is a must.  Thanks for your post today and fabulous pictures,

August 04, 2012 12:55 PM
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Donna Foerster
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC

Well done Melissa.  Sometimes we need a professional to remind us that we don't have to put the furniture up against a wall.  We can create an imaginary wall that works just as well.

August 04, 2012 02:51 PM
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Melissa Marro
St Augustine, St Johns, Ponte Vedra
Watson Realty Corp

Karen - Excellent! That means that I did my job (showing off the features of the home) well!

Jon - often it is the simple changes that bring the most value.

Erica - that room really needed some color didn't it? The large scale artwork helped draw attention away from the TV to enhance the fireplace and windows, but the seating change still allowed for more TV watching (the actual usable focal point). 

Tammie - it's crazy, isn't it? I see it all the time!

Pamela - Thank you!

Donna - I think in this room's case, from an angle you can't see, creating an imaginary wall actually will help buyer's notice the french doors (located behind the sofa) that lead to a pool & patio in the back yard. Again, a win-win! 

August 04, 2012 03:47 PM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
Hallmark Realtors

Hi Melissa - Great solution to a common problem. Love your photos!

August 04, 2012 03:50 PM
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John Juarez
CDPE, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN
Prudential California Realty

Interesting…

If a house has 5 bedrooms and 3 baths, it would most likely have a family room or great room. This is the room that gets used much more than the living room. This is the room in which I most commonly see the family television set up.

Just my $0.02 worth.

August 04, 2012 07:37 PM
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Christine Donovan
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Donovan Blatt Realty
Melissa - The changes made a big difference in the look and feel of the room.
August 04, 2012 07:38 PM
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Daniel Zettler, Esq. - Barnstable Mortgage Grp
Barnstable Mortgage Group NMLS 49104

beautiful.

August 04, 2012 07:47 PM
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Melissa Marro
St Augustine, St Johns, Ponte Vedra
Watson Realty Corp

Wayne & Jean - thank you!

John - This is the only logical room for the TV in this home. There is a sunroom for additional living space (which the homeowner uses as an office). 

Christine - Thank you.

August 04, 2012 08:23 PM
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Melissa Marro
St Augustine, St Johns, Ponte Vedra
Watson Realty Corp

Daniel - Thank you!

August 04, 2012 08:24 PM
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Kim & Kristine Halverson
Realtors, Santa Monica Real Estate, CA
www.KimAndKristine.com, Santa Monica Real Estate :)

Looks pretty, great that you are willing to work within someone's budget. 

August 04, 2012 09:07 PM
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Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors

Thank you for the post. Great staging job.

August 05, 2012 04:50 AM
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Karen Otto
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
Home Star Staging

As much as I'd like the TV not to take center stage in a home, it's such an important part of most family's entertainment life that they indeed want to know where it goes and how their furniture will fit in the scheme of things around it. Great job Melissa! 

August 05, 2012 07:46 PM
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Karen Feltman
Relocation Specialist
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty
Interesting that so may people are so focused about where the tv will be. Maybe the Midwest is different. I don't have a tv on the main level of my home, in the great room or kitchen area, it is in the ower level rec room where it belongs. And many homes that I list and sell are laid out the same way. Family spaces are meant for conversation, not for idle tv watching, in my opinion. Occasionally we will have friends over that comment on our lack of tv in the great room and how they wish they could do that. I always shake my head and wonder who is the parent and who is the child. We watch so little tv that it just isn't necessary, sounds like I need to write a post. :). Thanks for the inspiration!
August 05, 2012 10:43 PM
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Melissa Marro
St Augustine, St Johns, Ponte Vedra
Watson Realty Corp

Kim & Kristine - working within a seller's budget is an important part of what we do. It isn't always about making it look like a showroom, but often about looking measurably and marketably better.

Gita - Thank you

Karen - I agree. Thank you!

Karen F - In Florida we don't have "lower level rec rooms" or basements. Do you have TVs in bedrooms? For many families, they would prefer all gathering in front of the TV and spending family time together than having the kids all dispersed in their own rooms.

August 06, 2012 05:44 AM
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Barb Hutson
Phoenix Home Stager, Redesign Expert 480-216-7182
Sonoran Accents Home Staging & Redesign, Phoenix Metro, AZ.

Melissa ~ Buyers have to be able to imagine their life in the property or they just move on.  Your transformation did just that!

August 06, 2012 10:01 AM
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Benjamin Realty LLC

You did a good job -- the re-staging is very nice and shows they can watch TV.

August 06, 2012 10:03 AM
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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com

What an improvement. It's amazing what a little rearranging and updated accessories can do! I especially love the point of remembering who you're trying to sell to.

Gretchen

August 11, 2012 07:23 PM
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Melissa Marro
St Augustine, St Johns, Ponte Vedra
Watson Realty Corp
Gretchen - knowing the demographic and playing it up is more than half the job! Thank you for your comments.
August 13, 2012 07:32 PM
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