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How to Show Your Buyers There’s Enough Room!

Reblogger Nina Hollander, Broker
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty 179530

 


What buyer doesn't want to walk into a home a feel as if it's open and spacious with plenty of storage space for their possessions? If you're selling your home, check out this wonderful post from Kathy Streib, one of Florida's top home stagers about how to make your home feel more spacious to prospective buyers.  

I've often had seller clients worry that a room didn't have enough "stuff" in it... and I'm always telling my clients that I've never had a prospective buyer give feedback that there wasn't enough "stuff" in a house, but I have had lots of feedback that buyers were overwhelmed and distracted by too much "stuff."  

So don't worry about "hard editing" your home when you are getting it ready for sale and photos.  And that pesky garage... where people think they can "store all the stuff" they've taken out of the house... it's a good idea to find another storage space. I've had buyers who walked away from homes just because of how the garage looked. The eye really does buy even in a garage.

 

If you need help with staging in the Charlotte metro area, contact Nina Hollander with RE/MAX Executive. I can help!

Original content by Kathy Streib

How to Show Your Buyers There’s Enough Room!

 

Selling your house is like selling anything else...you have to house for saleshow your buyers what they want. And one thing that all buyers want in their new home is space.

Ask any agent and they’ll tell you that some of the questions they hear while showing a home are about room...Is there enough room for the bed? Will the garage hold our cars? I’m not sure if our dining room table will fit in here!

This is especially true here in Palm Beach County where many buyers are right-sizing and transitioning to homes that are easier to care for.

You can help by answering your buyer’s questions about room. Here are some tips:

 

 

EDIT

This is the number one thing you can do to help your buyers see the space.  You’ll be moving soon so why not get a head start packing. Go through each room, cabinet, drawer, and closet and toss, donate, or pack what you don’t need or won’t need until you move.

 

bookcase crowdedEach room...stand at the entrance and take it in. Is there too much furniture so that all you see are chairs and tables?

Is the focal point blocked by heavy curtains or a chest?

Bookcases...Most bookcases can stand to lose about 75% of what’s sitting on the shelves. Leave visual space for the buyers to see the bookcase.

Cabinets...Oh yes, buyers will open these and nothing signals no storage space more than crammed cabinets.  Go ahead and pack up your holiday dinnerware and assorted glasses that you won’t use until you move.

Drawers...And, they will open these as well. If you have the proverbial junk drawer in your kitchen, grab a trash can and start pitching.

Closets...remove whatever you can from the floors. If you can, invest in hangers that allow for more storage while keeping everything neat. Group clothes by type (tops, slacks, dresses, etc) and color.

Don’t stuff everything on top, either.

 

Lighten up the mood

If your furniture is heavy and large in appearance consider storing part of it.

If you can, replace a heavy wooden cocktail table with a glass table. Or furniture too largeinvest in small storage cubes that can serve double duty.

If you have shower curtains in your bathrooms, swap them out for clear ones.

 

Lighten it up even more

Where appropriate add mirrors that will reflect space such as your outdoors.

Remove heavy window coverings

 

Check your lighting. Add lamps by your bed, or desk. Turn every light on and see if your rooms shine or are they hard to see. If you only have one overhead light in a room, definitely add more.

 

Think big

Rather than decorating with lots of small things, opt for one large vase or decorative item.

Instead of 15 framed photos on your wall, opt for 1 large piece of artwork.

 

Remove visual clutter

If you have 8 or 10 chairs around your dining room table, remove 2 or 4.

If you can, keep your colors simple. Add a pop of color in a neutral room but you don’t want too many colors all around the room.

Or try different shades of the same color.

 

Don’t forget the forgotten but important areas.

cluttered garageThe garage is often forgotten but look how important it is to storage. You have to show your buyers that your two-car garage will indeed hold 2 cars.

 

 

If you have items that won’t fit in your home, rent a storage unit. It’s just for the short term but it will free up valuable space in your home.

Find a way to store tools off the floor.

The utility room is still a part of your house and yet it can become the catch-all space for items that you use and have no idea where to put them.

 

Your backyard and pool area needs to convey that oasis that your buyers are looking for. They are looking for that spacious pool area or backyard for their family and for entertaining. Buyers who see tools and equipment or your exercise equipment sitting in the patio area are getting a signal that there isn’t enough room.

 

When selling your house it is important that you show your buyers that your space is enough for their lifestyle. Not sure what to do?

Call Room Service Home Staging!

 

 Kathy Streib 

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Scott Godzyk ~ hi Scott... when you really break it down, a lot of staging tips are not all that difficult to put into play.

Jan 29, 2018 09:05 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Belinda Spillman ~ hi Belinda... for sure... it might be trite, but at the end of the day you really don't get a second chance to make a good first impression.

Jan 29, 2018 09:07 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Roy Kelley ~ hi Roy... why reinvent the wheel when Kathy's posts do the job so well?

Jan 29, 2018 09:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Scott Godzyk ~ hi Scott, I'm always telling sellers they need to sell the home at least twice and the first time is when it's listed on the web to get buyers interested in seeing it and the seond when those interested buyers walk through the door. A home needs to be show-ready before it's listed.

Jan 29, 2018 09:12 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is very good wisdom that you've shown this morning . Thank you for the wonderful re-blog Nina Hollander 

Jan 29, 2018 09:36 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Nice re-post well done. Very true your statement never had a client complain there is too little stuff in a house.

Jan 29, 2018 09:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ~ and yet, Nick, they always seem to worry about having too little in a room!

Jan 29, 2018 10:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, ~ hi Paul... don't know how much wisdom is due to me... it's really Kathy Streib who did all the heavy lifting here!

Jan 29, 2018 10:16 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Nina -  garages should be for calls not junk.  Oh and let’s not forget basements as well 

Jan 29, 2018 10:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Grant Schneider ~ hi Grant... I actually store quite a bit in my garage, but it's very neat, orderly, and organized.

Jan 29, 2018 11:23 AM
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Get rid of the excess.  Put it in storage OFF the property.

Downsize your furniture.  This one helps  a lot!

Jan 29, 2018 12:01 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

William Feela ~ I've actually never understood why people buy such huge pieces of furniture that barely fit into their houses!

Jan 29, 2018 12:22 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina Kathy Streib is excellent at what she does.  She knows her stuff.

Jan 29, 2018 02:43 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto ~ no doubt about... Kathy is the "go to" person for me for staging ideas and tips and tricks.

Jan 29, 2018 03:14 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Nina, That is a great choice for a re-blog.  I was just going over the benefits of staging this afternoon with a home owner.

Jan 30, 2018 12:51 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sybil Campbell ~ thanks, Sybil. Convincing a home seller of staging benefits sometimes is an easy exercise and sometimes not so much! I know I prefer easy, myself.

Jan 30, 2018 01:35 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Great reblog, Nina.  Kathy always has valuable advice!

Jan 30, 2018 05:11 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Nina

Well the title certainly drew me in, and lucky me I found your commentary and Kathy's reblog. It's certainly a topic that buyers and sellers struggle with but in different ways. Off to read.

Thanks again!

Jeff

Jan 30, 2018 08:06 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Carol Williams ~ good morning, Carol... Kathy has a great way of explaining staging tips that keep people from being overwhelmed about what should be done and why.

Jan 31, 2018 02:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff Dowler ~ good morning, Jeff. I always look forward to Kathy's staging tips/tricks posts and really should make more of a point of reblogging her posts.

Jan 31, 2018 02:52 AM