Last night I did a consult on a charming older home. It was built in the knob and tube era.
The home was small but charming. Walking through it showed me once again how important the Big Three of Staging are when selling.
No matter what size of home, a buyer needs to feel that the rooms are spacious for that size of home. To do this we make sure that traffic flow is good and that there are no 'extras' being stored in the room. Remember, less is more on surfaces and shelving. Entry areas to each room should not be crowded with furniture. Leave room for the buyer's imagination.
We make sure that each room has a clear purpose.
Buyers like homes flooded with light. Make sure there is lots of natural light coming into the house and that there is good illumination at night or on dull days. Open up those window treatments. Make sure there is instant light when you turn on a fixture. This may mean replacing those Eco bulbs. Update the light fixtures.
Everyone likes storage. Show the buyers that your home has enough storage. Tidy storage areas but do not strip them. Storing food stuffs in the basement can make it look like your kitchen cabinets are inadequate.
Over the door hooks and coat trees can indicate a lack of closet space.
Show them how efficient your storage spaces are by organizing them.
No matter how old the home, these areas always count.
If you have an older basement invest in some paint and refresh that unfinished area.