Buying, selling, renting and relocating – I've done it all many times over. Because I had one of those careers which meant I had to move every few years, I've lived in nearly every state in Australia more than once. Now retired and settled down, I blog about real estate and the real issues that anyone who is moving comes up against. Full of advice, my blog takes a look at relocating from the point of view of the mover and tries to offer as many insights from my past experiences dealing with lawyers, estate agents, removals firms and other house buyers as possible! Read on if you're moving or thinking about doing so.
Most buyers often look for the largest home they can find at the most affordable cost. But is bigger always better? Not necessarily. A smaller home may be more comfortable, welcoming and stylish than a larger one. However, it's up to you to emphasize those hidden benefits to buyers. When staging a small home for sale, there are certain tips you can use to make the space feel bigger and worth the money.
1. Remove clutter
Clutter is always your enemy. Unnecessary items all over the place affect the look and appeal of your home to potential buyers. The first thing you should do is to remove all unnecessary items from the home.
Have all your rooms clean, neat and with minimal items lying around. You may also choose to store all unnecessary items in a storage unit or to simply dispose of them.
2. Liven up the walls
In a smaller home, the walls will play an important role. Simple and neutral-coloured walls make the room appear seamless and larger. On the other hand, multiple bright colours make the home appear segmented and smaller in size. You should go for one or two neutral colours that fit the décor of your home.
Another tip is to match your current furniture with the colours you intend to use. For example, pale yellow walls may match well with light brown furniture. This gives a warm, continuous theme to the home. You should also minimise artwork on your walls. A busy wall may give the illusion of clutter to a smaller home.
3. Natural light is key
A small, dark home is highly likely to turn away any potential buyers. But with proper lighting, you can make your home appear larger and more welcoming. Make sure the windows are not covered with heavy drapes and curtains that prevent entry of natural light. Replace these with simple blinds that allow incoming light during the day.
In addition, replace traditional bulbs with natural lighting options. These light bulbs will make the home appear larger during the day and at night.
4. Unhinge some doors
If you have unnecessary doors leading to the corridor, kitchen, or other areas of the home, consider removing them during staging. Your goal should be to create an open and continuous look to the home to give the illusion of more space.
Too many doors segment the property and make it appear smaller. For more information, contact your local real estate agents.