Home staging can add a lot of value to a home seller’s home, if done properly, ofcourse. One of the greatest aspects of home staging is the ability to bring life to some of the greatest features of each room inside of a home. The simple organization, decluttering, and visual appeals can greatly contribute to the home owners net profit when they sell. The price on a peel of a home can be attributed to many different factors, however, the square footage of a home can also be a large factor in a buyer’s decision.
Utilizing home staging techniques to maximize the appeal and to showcase the square footage of the home is the top of your priority list. When we talk about visual square footage, we are not talking about numbers, nor are we talking about the perception of a home.
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For example, the color of walls, furniture in a room, or even the position of furniture in a room can make a dramatic difference in the perception of whether a room is big or small. Although you may not have an option to change the actual square footage, you do have the skill set toto maximize the perception.
To achieve that is not that difficult as it may sound to you.
There are five simple tips that you can utilize in order to create visual square footage to maximize the home’s appeal. Let’s begin with our countdown.
Light The Way
Lighting is a huge component of a home and can be quite noticeable when a buyer is touring the house. This can either work in favor of the home buyer, with lots of windows and lighting, or it can draw attention to the lack thereof.
If you’re dealing with a home that does not offer sufficient lighting in a particular room, or in multiple rooms, you have some options to stage the house, accordingly. This goes without saying, to use as much natural light as possible, no matter which room you are staging, is essential. For rooms that lack natural light, you can combat this issue by placing table lamps, floor lamps, and light fixtures in the ceiling to create a brighter space. Lighting will be a key factor in making a room look larger, while giving a brighter and nicer appeal to the home.
Furnishing With Strategy
Each room needs to be well-furnished with colors and styles that compliment each other. Filling up a room with too much furniture, on the other hand, can also work against you. A key factor to keep in mind is that, regardless of the room you were staging, you need to be able to provide sufficient room for someone to walk around the space without feeling they are bumping into furniture or squeezing by to get from one area to another.
For example, when you are staging a living room, you need to choose a coffee table that is bigger, or smaller, but fills up the room without requiring too much effort to walk around the space between the coffee table and couch.
Doing a simple walk through test in each room with regards to furniture, will help indicate which pieces of furniture need to either be moved or replaced in order to keep a flow in the room.
Combating Small Spaces
Mirrors can make any room feel bigger, that’s one of the greatest effects mirrors provide for each room.
It can make small spaces feel big, and big spaces feel even larger.
The size of the mirror used during staging will depend on the amount of space that you need to open up for that particular room. For example, if the home you’re staging has a small or narrow entryway, adding a mirror as soon as you enter the home will draw the attention away from the small space. Mirrors are also helpers and lighting up a room through its reflection can further add up to the perception of the space that you were in.
Color Me Big
In general, colors play a large part on buyer psychology, regardless of the industry that you’re it. So, when it comes to choosing a color for a home, the color will be able to create the visual square footage that you were looking for, when aiming to create the right perception.
The darker the color, the smaller the room.
Therefore, to create a perception of the larger room using lighter shades will serve as the best option to expand the visual of having a larger area.
These simple five tips can contribute to the goal you’re trying to achieve by creating a visually larger space using common elements in a room. In addition to your strategy of decluttering and depersonalization, using either all, or some, of the five tips will allow you to largely expand the perception of a home for the seller. There’s a lot of credit that’s due to home stagers as it goes well beyond making their room look pretty, there are much more objectives that need to be met to be able to effectively contribute to the sale of a home. Although some of these tips may be small changes, the results won’t go unnoticed.