Create More Space

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Trademark Realty

Buyers want the most house their money can buy. A large house with a choppy floor plan and small rooms can feel less spacious than a smaller home with an open floor plan.  I had a buyer tell me the other day that she would consider a condo with less square footage than where she is living now as long as it had an open floor plan.

Here are some things to do to visually create more space:

  • Position mirrors in the right places to make a room appear larger. Make sure the mirrors reflect what you want to see more of, such as a favorite painting or a lovely window.
  • Choose a light color scheme to help open up a room. White, cream, pearl gray, or soft yellow seem more inviting and open because they reflect light.
  • Clear out the clutter. Keep decorative objects to a minimum. Porcelain figurines are distracting and can be easily broken. Pick up newspapers and magazines. Put away--or pack away--unnecessary items from countertops in the kitchen and baths. Clutter can make rooms seem smaller than they are.  For more staging tips, click here.
  • Minimize the amount of furniture you have in each room. Either sell it or store it or give it to a charitable organization.

A clean, well-maintained, and spacious home is not only more marketable, but can often command a higher price.

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Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
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It is amazing how well staging works.  The public is just now begining to understand the benefits they can reap by investing a few dollars to make a better impression!

The builders have been selling model homes for years this way, why would it not work in resale homes?  It does work. 

Jul 16, 2006 04:31 AM #1
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Donna Quanrud
Coldwell Banker Burnet - Eden Prairie, MN
Donna Quanrud Southwest Metro Homes
I had a harvest gold & brown trimmed metal sided house for sale.  I hold Opens and watch people drive in, look and drive right back out.  I know if I could just get people into the house we would sell it. I had a Stager come out and pick a paint color. We had it painted a nice neutral taupe color and sold it in 5 days.  It really works
Jul 18, 2006 04:48 PM #2
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Pete Willner
Broker Direct Real Estate - Murrieta, CA

Great tips, thanks for sharing them with us!

Pete Willner
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