WHYNOT HOME STAGING & DESIGN
BIG Tips for Staging a Small Home (06.06.18)
You’ve lived in it to see many memories unfold. The birth of your children. Graduation. Anniversaries. Retirement and more. But now you’re ready to sell your quaint century home, with all of its traditional characteristics, distinct features, and upgraded fixtures. In fact, your small home has big value in today’s real estate market. Consider this: with homeowners facing heating and property tax increases, more buyers are opting for smaller homes. And that’s good news for you. So how can you cash in and make your cozy home, and its small living space and intimate property, more marketable to buyers?
First, keep in mind, it’s not your square footage that matters most, it’s how you present it. But if you’ve accumulated a lifetime of memories in your small home, chances are those small spaces appear crowded, cluttered and simply too complex to look at. The key is to make those spaces appear larger than they are and accentuate all the best features without compromising the less is more principal. Before you enlist the design-savvy services of a home staging expert to help, here are some practical tips to get your home ready:
Declutter: It’s a popular word. And it’s a fulfilling venture when you get rid of unwanted items. The mental and physical space that stems from decluttering means more breathing room and good energy comes in.
Minimize: Smaller spaces tend to favour a more minimalist design. Remove surplus. Clear off countertops, tabletops, mantles, bookshelves, cupboards and other surfaces where only few items can be showcased.
Let light in: Remove heavy drapes or other window treatments. Use sheer fabrics to let light, make the space larger and brighter and extend the view inside to the outside.
One paint colour: Use one neutral paint colour throughout the home to create a continuous and spacious feel.
Prints: Replace prints with solids. Florals, stripes or other decorative prints tend to close in small spaces. Solid prints open up small spaces.
Artwork: Blank wall spaces make rooms look bigger. Minimize artwork.
Light it up: Add more light to every room, making each brighter and bigger. Light also elevates a room as if were showcased on stage.
Mirrors: Create a multi-dimensional or larger look and feel using mirrors.
Big things come in small packages! So work with your home stager to help enhance the coziness of your small home. Strategize. Personalize. Visualize.
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