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How to Make your Home Look Spacious When Selling?


When selling your home, especially in the current market, it pays to take advantage of every tool in your arsenal. Considering the glut of homes that still remain available on the market, home sellers are currently faced with the prospect of competing against several other homes; all of which may offer other advantages, including more space. While it usually isn't financially feasible to actually add space to your home when trying to sell it, there are some steps you can take to make your home look more spacious.

Re-arranging Furniture

One of the easiest, fastest and least expensive ways to make a small area appear larger is to re-arrange the furniture. The best place to do create a more spacious homes is usually the living room. This is because the living area is typically the first area prospective buyers are going to see. Therefore, it can certainly pay off to make a good impression when buyers first walk in the door. You want to create a sense of spaciousness and airiness; not cramped and cluttered. First, evaluate the wall color and determine whether you should perhaps go a shade or too lighter. Remember, a lighter paint color can make even the smallest space seem larger. Natural light can also go a long way toward making a room appear larger as well, so be sure to open up the window treatments.

Before you even consider showing your home to prospective buyers, make sure all of the clutter has been removed. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in a home and that is much easier when you have removed clutter, such as bric-a-brac, magazines, books, etc. Evaluate the layout of the furniture. Do people have to walk around pieces to move through the room? If so, you may need to consider removing some items when trying to sell your home or at least consider moving them around so that traffic can flow more easily through the room.

Making Bedrooms and Bathrooms Appear Larger

Two areas that prospective buyers tend to focus on the most when viewing homes are the bedrooms and the bathrooms. Today's buyer doesn't want to feel as though they are crammed into a small bedroom space. Couples generally want large, spacious bathrooms and closets. The first step to making these spaces in your home appear larger is to remove any furniture that isn't absolutely necessary. The bed should always be the focal point. If necessary, consider re-arranging the bed to highlight it. The purchase of a new comforter and sheets in light hues can be an investment that is well worth it in terms of livening up the room and giving an airy appearance. Take a long look at your closet. Are there items you no longer need or wear that can be removed? Can you get a head start on your packing? Closets that appear small or cluttered can be a turn-off to buyers, so start removing clutter and even using closet organizers to make the best use of the space you have available. When it comes to the bathroom, the best course of action is to give the walls a makeover with a light paint color. Make use of mirrors to help the space appear larger. Remove clutter from the top of the vanity.

Boosting your Kitchen's Potential

The kitchen is also an important consideration for many buyers. Spending some time making your kitchen look larger and more spacious can be well worth it in order to sell your home faster and for potentially more money. In many homes the kitchen is often clutter central, so begin by removing all but essential items. Pack away any small appliances that may be taking up counter space. Clear the surface of the fridge. If you have a table in the kitchen, consider downgrading to something smaller and that does not take up as much space. Open up the windows with light colored window treatments.

Making the Outside Look Larger

The size of the inside of your home isn't the only area buyers may pay attention to, so it's important not to overlook your landscaping as well. Even if your yard is somewhat small, you can give it a more spacious feel by removing debris and trimming back shrubs, bushes and trees. Be sure the leaves are raked neatly. You might also consider adding a few brightly colored plants to help improve appearances as well.

Giving your home a more spacious appearance doesn't have to take a lot of time or money, but it can definitely pay off in the end.


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