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HomePG-Slider3Many buyers look for a new home because they need more space. Unfortunately, many homeowners maximize their living areas by cramming the rooms with as many things as they can hold. Whether a home is small or large, clever staging is essential for making rooms look spacious to potential buyers.

The following suggestions will help improve the marketing appearance of your home, to make it much more competitive in any real estate market.

HIGHLIGHT VIEWS: A buyer’s initial impression of a property may be influenced by the first room they see. Make sure the buyer’s view is unimpeded and that they can see outdoor areas from inside the rooms. Remove any large pieces of furniture that may block sight lines. Open doors and windows, and turn on all of the lights to brighten the interiors. Use mirrors and other shiny, reflective objects to multiply the light and highlight great views or features.

REDUCE CLUTTER: Buyers who enter a cluttered room may pay more attention to the contents of the space rather than the structure of the room. Their eyes are drawn to knickknacks, family photos, odd collections and bizarrely colored pillows. Because these objects are typically small and packed together, the rooms can seem chaotic and claustrophobic.

The best way to approach this is to start with a blank slate. Do this by removing all accessories, technology, photos and paintings from the room. Then bring back a few carefully selected items, piece by piece. Choose pieces that don’t call attention to themselves and are ones most visitors find innocuous, such as vases, coffee table books or a landscape pictures.

I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve had to encourage a seller to do this. And I find that I’ve often had to be quick on my feet with smoothing over potential resistance, ESPECIALLY when it comes to the removal of family pictures.

The main thing that I have to emphasize, when it comes to reducing the clutter and personal effects… is that as long as you (the seller) think of the home as YOURS, the more that most buyers will NOT be able to think of the home as THEIRS.

You’ve got to be focused on thinking of your home as a product that you want to sell, rather than the emotion or sentimental attachment that you might have to it – or to the things inside of it. This is how you will help yourself achieve the maximum possible profit.

NEUTRALIZE SPACE: Black walls, red furniture and disco balls may look fine on the pages of an “avant-garde” interiors magazine, but such striking decor will turn off many buyers. Repaint any oddly colored walls or trim in neutral whites, beiges or grays. Cover jade or plum wall-to-wall carpeting with large area rugs in less offensive tones. If a room looks too bland, add pops of color with pillows or other accessories.

IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW: Large sofas, improperly placed furniture and gigantic sideboards that protrude doorways impede the flow of traffic in a room, making spaces seem even smaller. Don’t forget to start with a “blank space” by removing all the furniture from the room before bringing back a few small-scale pieces and arranging them so visitors can move easily from one room to the next.

If you need to… place your leftover items in storage, even if it means that you have to store extra furniture at friends’ homes. Less furniture makes a room look more spacious. If your tastes happen to lean towards antiques, then consider renting more modern choices. This is a way to ensure that the old sofas and tables don’t detract from the room’s size and appeal.

EMPHASIZE OUTSTANDING FEATURES: Make room size less noticeable by emphasizing outstanding architectural features. Use floor-to-ceiling curtains to draw the eye to high ceilings. Remove all rugs and floor coverings to expose hardwood floors. Put candles or plants inside fireplaces, and use spotlights to highlight medallions, niches or built-ins. Emphasize moldings, chair rails and trim by painting them a darker or lighter color than the surrounding walls.

Most of these staging tricks cost little to no money but can add value to your listing and impress potential buyers.

For more information on selling your home… feel free to reach me anytime to get more REAL ANSWERS to your REAL ESTATE questions.

Donnie Bennett, REALTOR®​
Blackstone/Ocean Properties​
Serving all of Rhode Island
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