Real Estate Home Staging Tips: Outdated Fireplaces



3 Quick & Cheap Home Staging Tips For Your Outdated Fireplace


If you are thinking about selling your home here in Point Loma and would like to freshen up your living room to attract more buyers here are a few simple tips that we think will help persuade a buyer to call your home their own.


Fireplaces can be the focal point of a home or can be an overpowering eyesore that may distract from the rest of your home.


Continue reading to discover 3 quick, easy and cheap ways to re-vamp your outdated fireplace.


1. A Fresh Coat of Paint


If you have a dated fireplace that sticks out like a sore thumb, a quick paint-job might be just what you need. You can easily accomplish this update in only a few hours and be left with a fireplace that really brings a room together.


When picking out our paint, make sure to use a neutral color that is similar to or complementary to the room. Remember that a number of different people with different tastes may be visiting your home, so you want to choose something that will be appealing to most.


Use a rag or a brush to paint each brick or stone one by one, this way you still see the individual bricks and it doesn’t look like it has been covered up. Start with light layers and build the color, letting the paint dry in between coats, until you achieve the desired opacity.


Another potential option is to use tiling or a backsplash. This project will likely take more time and equipment, but the outcome is worth it! Here is an idea for a DIY fireplace tile project.


2. A New Screen


If your fireplace screen is as old as the fireplace it is probably time to give that a facelift as well. Here are some suggestions that to make your fireplace screen stand out — in a good way!


One option is to paint the screen with heat resistant spray paint, which is very easy and will cost you about $5-$10.


Another option for a quick fix is to remove the screen altogether and stage the fireplace with a clean log. You can even place large candles in your fireplace for a modern, spa-like effect. If you choose to remove the screen, be sure to clean out the area prior since there will be nothing to hide the soot!


3. Revamp Your Mantel


If you have an existing mantel above your fireplace – a little bit of TLC can go a long way. Here are some quick and easy steps you can take to refresh your fireplace mantel.


For a wood finish, sand it down and refinish with a wood stain in a color that compliments the room.


If your mantel is painted, a fresh coat of paint may be necessary.


If your fireplace doesn’t have a mantle at all, consider building one! While this will be a bigger undertaking and require more time and equipment, a simple yet elegant mantel can really take your fireplace to the next level. Here is an idea for a DIY fireplace mantel.


Make sure your mantel is clean and clear of any clutter.


Considering Selling Your Home?


Carolyn Yarbrough is an award-winning and top-producing real estate broker who sells properties all over Point Loma and Ocean Beach.


Carolyn is known for her innovative marketing of properties which continually lands her among the top brokers in San Diego. With well over 190 Sales in Point Loma and Ocean Beach alone, she has earned a position among Pacific Sotheby’s Top 15 Real Estate Agents, #1 or #2 ranking in sales out of all Realtors in Point Loma since 2013, and a #1 ranking in sales at Pacific Sotheby’s Point Loma.


Carolyn is also a recognized speaker at top national real estate conferences where she teaches of realtors “out of the box” property marketing ideas and how to be successful in achieving her listings MAXIMUM EXPOSURE online.


If you’re thinking of selling, the first step is to contact Carolyn. As a top-rated Point Loma real estate agent, she can go over all your options so you can choose the best timing and strategy for you and your specific situation.



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