7 Ways To Stage Your Home To Look Spacious and Wow Buyers

Do you know one of the fastest ways to get your home sold? Make it look spacious.  Do this before your first open house or take pictures to put online and remove one of the biggest barriers to potential buyers making an offer. 

When a potential homebuyer walks into your home one of the things they are wondering is if all their things will fit in your home. They go into vision mode picturing their couches, coffee table, dining room table, bookshelves, beds, linens, clothing, kid’s toys and bicycles in your home. I bet you do the same then when you’re house hunting.

Here are a few of my top tips to maximize space so you get top dollar when selling your home.

1. define spaces

The way your furniture is arranged in your home can keep buyers from making an offer. They could love the neighborhood, school district and the exterior of your home but get confused when they walk in.  Confused people don’t buy. 

OPEN CONCEPT

This is especially crucial if you have an open concept space. I think of kindergarten where it’s a large room but the teacher creates zones for everything.

An area rug in the living room, place the coffee table on it and arrange the sofas around that.  For your dining area, a beautiful chandelier over the table creates a defined area. The time you take to define each space allows your potential homebuyer to see how they can arrange their furniture and make the space their own.

DOUBLE DUTY ROOMS

Have you been using the dining room as your office? Are that extra bedroom a catch all? If so, you’ re telling potential buyers the house doesn’t have enough space.   Decide on a function for each room, remove anything that doesn’t fit and arrange the room to look as spacious as possible.  Get yourself some totes or boxes and get those items out of there.

2. declutter

Maximize your space by minimizing the clutter. Do this before your open house or making appointments for potential buyers tour your home. Homebuyers will open cabinets, closets, pantries and storage areas because they need to know if they have room for their stuff.

Start at your entryway and walk through your hallways, kitchen, closets, and junk drawers looking at it from a different perspective. This walkthrough will give you the perspective of someone who is seeing your home for the first time.

Make a list of what surfaces you need to clear off to make your home look more spacious. Get bins or boxes, that you label and stack neatly in the garage or storage unit. Have garage sales, donate, throw away, or give away items standing in the way of selling your home fast.

3. accent wall

Want instant drama that will stop homebuyers in their tracks? Add an accent wall. Choose a stunning paint color, add shiplap, wood slats, or wallpaper to create drama without adding more furniture. This action will instantly level up your home and give it that designer touch.

4. go minimalist

Maximize your space by minimizing the clutter. Do this before your open house or making appointments for potential buyers tour your home. Homebuyers will open cabinets, closets, pantries and storage areas because they need to know if they have room for their stuff.

Start at your entryway and walk through your hallways, your kitchen counters, coat closets, and junk drawers looking at it from a different perspective. This walkthrough will give you the perspective of someone who is seeing your home for the first time.

Make a list of what surfaces you need to clear off to make your home look more spacious. Get bins or boxes, that you label and stack neatly in the garage or storage unit. Have garage sales, donate, throw away, or give away items standing in the way of selling your home fast.

5. floating shelves

In the bathroom where storage can be a premium instead of hanging a cabinet that brings a heavy look, install floating shelves that can bring a light and airy look to your space. You can carry this feeling of open space throughout your home by using floating shelves in the kitchen, above the sofa in the living room.

From glass to wood, you have options that are both functional and beautiful while also adding a designer’s touch.  Then remember to go minimalist when adding decorative or functional items to the shelves.  Less is more.

6. mirrors

Strategically placing mirrors in the right spaces help to expand the size of a room or make a narrow room look wide.  Once you’ve removed the clutter use them to brighten up a home that doesn’t have enough natural light. 

Try replacing that gallery of family photos on the wall with a large mirror or prop a floor length mirror against a wall to make your space feel taller. Have a wall at the end of the hallway? Add a floor to ceiling mirror to brighten and add the illusion of space. 

7. let there be light

how to make your home look spacious with lighting

Ditch the heavy draperies, put up light airy curtains, open up the windows and let the outdoor light into your space. And those mirrors we just talked about, since natural and artificial light bounces off, they also come in handy when you’re showing your home after the sun goes down or on a cloudy day.

Then look at your indoor lighting.  When used well it can make your room look bigger, cleaner, and more spacious. Like your furniture, strategically placing a vertical floor lamp in the corner or lamp on the side table can make your home look spacious .

There you have it. Whether you’re selling a condo, townhome or single family home use these tips to maximize the square footage and increase the look of space in your home. 

Not sure where to start? Give me a call.  I’ll show up clipboard in hand to ensure you get the asking price for your home by helping you transform your home into a bright, airy spacious home buyers will feel right at home in.  That’s what will help your house sell fast. 

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