One of the common questions we get asked when helping vendors to prepare their property for the market is how to present their home so that buyers fully appreciate the amount of living space available. This is particularly relevant for people with smaller living spaces, as the buyer’s perceptions of the amount of space in your home can have an enormous impact on your ability to maximise your sale price.
When you are selling your home, every small space can be a challenge as far as a buyer’s perceptions are concerned. However, your living spaces are where space, (or a lack of it), can be most apparent. So here are some tips on making the most of what you have when you are selling a home with smaller living spaces.
- Use smaller furniture: If you have a large dining table or bulky armchairs, consider storing them for the duration of your sale and hiring smaller, minimalist furnishings instead.
- Go for a smaller sofa: One of the most common issues with the point above is the size of your sofa. Consider swapping your 3-seater for a compact 2-seater, and choose one with smaller arms and a lower profile back.
- Less is more: The more you can remove from your living room, the more space you will leave behind.
- Use the right reflections: A well-placed mirror, particularly one that reflects the view through a window, will help emphasise a sense of space and light.
- Emphasise height: If your home has high ceilings, you can draw attention to them, (and therefore add to the perception of space), by using a colour feature or a piece of art to draw the eye.
- Out of sight, out of mind: When de-cluttering, be sure to store as many items as possible out of sight. Moving something from a coffee table to an open shelf is not really de-cluttering at all.
- Indoor plants can help: Strategically placed greenery can not only help bring the outdoors inside, but can soften a corner to help create a more inviting impression overall.
- Get a fresh perspective: Last, but not least, don’t underestimate the value of a fresh perspective from an objective source. Sometimes your view will be affected because you’ve lived in your home for a while. Ask a friend who you know will be honest, or talk to your Advocate.
As we mentioned in Point 8, getting the right advice about the best way to present smaller living spaces can be as simple as talking to one of the team at Ian Reid’s Vendor Advocacy. So, if you would like an experienced voice to guide you through the process, you can one of our helpful Customer Service team on 1300 400 400. While you’re at it, be sure to get your FREE copy of our helpful booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed” while you are here on out website.