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.