Thursday, January 10, 2008

Visually Create More Space

In today’s market competition is tough and you have to make your home as marketable as possible. Potential buyers are more interested in homes that are spacious with open floor plans. But even if your home is smaller or you have a choppy floor plan, you can visually create a larger room, giving the illusion of more space. There are plenty of easy ways to do this with little or no money and without remodeling your entire home. • Reduce clutter. Keep rooms tidy and organized, pick up newspapers and magazines and put away unnecessary items from countertops in the kitchen and baths. There’s nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too much stuff. Keep decorative objects to a minimum, figurines and excessive accessories are distracting. • Let the sun shine in. Lighting is a key element in opening up a space, if you have a lot of natural light, don’t cover it up with heavy drapery. Choose window coverings that will compliment, such as Roman Blinds or Roller Shades. Even if your room doesn’t get a lot of natural light you can use halogen bulbs in your lamps to cast a glow similar to natural light. • Be neutral. Use a light and neutral color scheme to make your room look bigger. Cream colors and warm yellows are just a few of the best color combinations that can open up a tiny room into a bigger living area. Light colors make your room look bigger and brighter because they are reflective making a space feel open and airy. • Minimize your furniture. If possible store any large and bulky furniture pieces as they make a room look smaller. You want the potential buyer to see the house, not your furniture. For the items you decide to keep, scale the furniture to fit the size of the room and don’t block walking pathways. This will help to open up the space and make it feel larger. • Don’t cover your walls with a lot of pictures. Too many pictures on the wall can make a room feel crowded. One large painting works better than a group of small paintings. A wall filled with a bunch of small pictures will make the wall appear cluttered. Consider these tips to help you give your home a sense of spaciousness. When in doubt on what to remove and what to keep, try to follow the ‘less is more’ theory. Excessive furniture and decorations contribute to the rooms looking smaller and more cluttered—and ultimately distracting potential buyers. A clean, well-maintained, and spacious home is not only more marketable, but can often command a higher price. FOR A FREE COPY OF MY BOOK "GET THE BEST DEAL WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME" CONTACT ME DIRECTLY THROUGH THIS BLOG OR BY EMAIL WITH YOUR MAILING INFORMATION. This book has some great ideas for staging your home and some good stories about how well it's worked for my clients
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