How To Make Your Home Look Bigger When Selling Part One

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Chervenic Realty

Look at your walls. Take down all pictures except for one per wall or one per room and no pictures of family. Too many pictures take your eyes away from the room.

Clean out your closets. Pack up all your spring/winter clothes, like clothes you won't be wearing for this seaon. Less clothes will make your closets look bigger. The same is true for your shoes. Pack up any shoes you won't be wearing.

Look at each room and decide what you can pack up. Pack up all knic nacs and anything you can live without before you move. you want your home to look like a model home. For example on the fireplace mantel, have no more than 3 items. In your bathroom clean off everything from the counters and bathtubs.  In the kitchen, put away everything on the kitchen counters. OK, you can leave one or two items out, but the rest put away or pack up..

 Look at the furniture in each room. Less is better Is the furniture blocking the entrance to the room? Does the room look crowded? Is the furniture in good shape? All these questions, can either make the room look great or too small and dated.

Use lots of light to make your room shine. Have curtains and blinds open when getting ready for a showing. If no overhead lights make sure there are a number of lamps in the room. Putting a floor lamp in the corner and turning it on can add extra light.


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Comments (1)

Cari Anderson
Danville, CA

Susan: these are great tips. I do 1 to 2 broker tours a week and I can vouch for what a difference it makes to de-clutter a house on the market! I know you need to live in your house while it's being marketed but the less personal stuff, the better especially in the bathroom. I think it might be a good idea to get one of those plastic bathroom or cleaning caddies and put all your toiletries in there and then store them either under the sink or even in your garage while the house is being shown.

Mar 26, 2010 03:44 AM