. . . Leg Room, that is.
When I'm working with sellers during a Walk & Talk Consultation I have to get them to understand the importance of editing their clutter. Many think that just putting away some of the papers on the desk or packing some of the personal photos is enough. This is only part of the process.
So, how do they know when they've done enough editing in a room?
Well, I tell them a room is edited when it shows some leg room. The way to judge this is to follow the base boards around a room. If your view of the base boards is mostly blocked by furniture then some of these pieces need to be removed. No base board view = crowded and cramped. In any sized room if your eye can see AMPLE amounts of base boards, then it is perceived as spacious.
Sellers have a reason for all of the items in a room. When told to edit, their first reaction is to start justifying why each piece should remain. Telling them to look at the space from an "ample base board view" will get them packing! If it is a guest bedroom that we are discussing then obviouslly the bed needs to stay, but the printer cart, plant stand and video shelf have to be moved.
This is a sitting area in a master bedroom. Even if the space is edited of extra clothing and books it will still feel cramped because the base boards are not in view. Buyers are not consciously looking for base boards, but they do "feel" them.
This is another bedroom. Look at the amount of base board that can be seen here. These sellers are definitely showing some leg! The room looks huge because uncovering the base boards creates visual leg room.
It is one thing to tell a seller that they need to edit. It is another to teach them why, what and how they need to get the job done. That's the job for an expert stager! Contact Triangle Staging and Design so that we can teach your sellers how to edit their spaces.
Contact our design team at 919-995-4116.