Fireplace staging is a technique which involves setting a warm and inviting atmosphere in any room which is blessed with the presence of a fireplace of one type or another. In older homes, fireplaces really turn on the charm, bringing potential buyers back to a simpler and more romantic time. In newer homes, fireplaces can take many forms, from updated original features to gas-powered add-ons, electric wall-mounted units or even gel-burning and incredibly versatile aesthetic marvels.
This dialog provides an overview of enhancing the appeal of a fireplace in any home.
Fireplace Staging Questions
Many homeowners are not exactly sure what to do to make their fireplaces really stand out as property assets. First off, it is necessary to set the fireplace as a focal point in the room. In a great room or other huge space, the fireplace may act as one of several focal points, while in a smaller space, the fireplace will typically be the primary focal point.
Arrange surrounding furniture and accessories to highlight the fireplace and do not obscure the fireplace with clutter or distractions. Make sure that the fireplace is visible from the room entrance and from all areas of the room which will be used for seating and conversation.
Fireplace Staging Improvements
Structural fireplaces should always be clean and in good working condition before selling the property. A non-functional fireplace is a huge disappointment and a dirty or grungy-looking fireplace or mantle is a real aesthetic liability. Take care of these concerns prior to listing the home, for maximum value. Most fireplaces can be cleaned up with a bit of sweat equity and paint.
Some issues, such as chimney concerns or flue problems may require that you hire a professional technician to diagnose and repair the trouble. This is always a worthwhile investment.
Remember to complete the look of the fireplace by updating the external accessories, like the irons and screen. Here’s a hint: If you have one of those old gold metal screens, it is time for an update; seriously.
Fireplace Staging Advice
Fireplaces can be added to improve the look and feel of almost any room cheaply and easily. There are so many units available which run on electricity, or gel fuel, and can be used anywhere, even without any ducting. Purchasing a few of these units (which typically cost $200 to $2000) can add tremendous perceived value to the home. They impart interest to any room and will warm up chilly spaces, both visually and in terms of actual temperature.
Don’t forget that outdoor fireplaces, firepits and chimneys are real winners, as well, and can be bought or constructed relatively inexpensively. These features are especially valuable in areas where outdoor living space is expected and can provide a tremendous return on investment.