Maximising the appeal of smaller living spaces

Maximising the appeal of smaller living spaces

Awareness of the role of property styling in preparing your home for sale has grown in recent years, with reality television playing a key role in this growth. However, it’s important to realise that while style can play a role, one of the most important tasks in getting market ready is to maximise the useable space in your home. This is particularly relevant for people with smaller living spaces, as a buyer’s perceptions of the space in your home can have a big impact on your ability to maximise your sale price.

If you are selling a property with smaller living spaces, there are a number of things you can do to minimise any perceived shortcomings and maximise a positive perception among buyers. Here’s some of the most popular strategies that a home stylist might suggest:

  1. Less is more: The more items you can remove from your living space, the more space you will leave behind.
  2. Try downsizing furniture: If you have bulky armchairs or a large dining table, consider storing them for the duration of your sale and hiring smaller, minimalist furnishings instead.
  3. A smaller sofa helps: One of the best ways to address Point 2 above is the size of your sofa. Consider swapping your 3-seater for a compact 2-seater with smaller arms and a lower back.
  4. Add some reflections: A well-placed mirror, particularly one that reflects a view through a window, will help emphasise a sense of space and light.
  5. 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.
  6. Remove, don’t relocate: When de-cluttering, 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.
  7. Get objective advice: Last, but not least, don’t underestimate the value of a fresh perspective from an objective source. If you’ve lived in your home for a while, you won’t see your spaces the way a buyer will. Ask a friend who you know will be honest, or talk to your Advocate.

As we mentioned in Point 7, 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 Buyer & Vendor Advocates. If you would like an experienced eye to guide you through the process, you can call one of our helpful Customer Service team on 9430 0000.

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