Home staging tip: Fireplaces are important features of a house. This is why it is important to show them as best as possible. The first thing to do is to declutter their mantel and to remove the fireplace tools (which, as I was taught during the staging course I took years ago, are considered a weapon). Second, whenever possible, it is always better to remove any furniture or bulky piece placed closed to it (the TV and the chairs in this case). By doing so you make the fireplace a focal point, ready to be seen and appreciated by the potential buyers.