Perception is so important when selling your home. This is why staging is a critical step in preparing to sell. One aspect of staging to consider is making your home feel larger and more spacious than it actually is. The perception of space makes your home more appealing to buyers and could result in a higher selling price. Here are a few design tricks that you can use to achieve this.
1 – Let in the Light
A bright, sunlit room instantly feels larger than a dark one. With this in mind, swap out any dark or heavy window treatments for light and airy ones. During showings, be sure to pull up any binds or shades to let in as much sunlight as possible. Another trick is to turn on all interior lights, even during daytime showings. The brighter the space, the better!
2 – Add an Accent Wall
Although we normally recommend painting your walls in a light neutral color, a splash of color is not a bad thing if used properly. A darker color on one accent wall can give the room depth. The key is to select the correct wall to make an accent. Selecting one of the walls furthest from the entry point is one possible approach.
3 – Remove Floor Coverings
Rooms often feel larger when flooring is consistent throughout and extends from one room to another. So, if your home contains hardwood flooring, make sure you can actually see that flooring. Remove any area rugs that may break up the flow and segment the space.
4 – Use Furniture with Feet
Another way to show more flooring is to select furniture with visible feet. Furniture that sits low to the floor will make a room feel more cramped. Visible feet allows you to also see some of the flooring beneath the furniture, again increasing the perception of space.
5 – Remove Some Furniture
Most of us have far too much furniture in our home. Although this may be suitable for our daily living, it may not be great for staging a home to sell. Consider removing any unnecessary furniture from your home. Also, avoid placing furniture along hallways and entryways. Potential buyers should be able to navigate through your home without dodging around furniture. Less can be more when it comes to furniture in a home for sale.
More Tips on Selling Your Home
The amount of space in a home is one of the top considerations for potential buyers. Spending the time to stage and make your home feel larger will pay off in a quicker sale and higher selling price.
Suzanne Plewes is a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance. Write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.