Advice for Putting Your Home in Shape Before You Sell

Q. ­What’s the best way to accessorize a sofa and coffee table in a small living room?


A. The living room is the heart of most homes, so it’s a crucial space to stage when you’re preparing to sell. The first thing you need to consider is the scale of your sofa and coffee table, said Mark Neuwirth, a senior associate real estate broker at Coldwell Banker Bellmarc in Manhattan.


“It’s very important for the coffee table and couch to be appropriately sized for the space,” he said.


If you have a modest-size room, he said, big furniture can make it look even smaller. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen living rooms overwhelmed with big pieces,” he said. That can create a negative impression at showings, and in your listing photos as well, which could result in potential buyers ruling out your home without ever seeing it in person.

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