Most Buyers shop for Homes using the internet, statistics say more than 90% of Buyers look on-line first! Having beautiful photographs on-line that really showcase your Home is critical to generating the interest to book those showings.
Having the appropriate furniture for the character and style of your home is a must. However, equally important is the scale and proportion of your furniture. In an expansive open concept great room, having large scale furniture can look just right for the space! However, that same furniture will completely overwhelm a smaller space and visually make the room appear even smaller than it already is. Buyers are always evaluating whether your rooms will fit their belongings. If your furniture is too large for the room, it gives the impression that the room itself is too small (not that the furniture is too big). Buyers leave with the impression that their furniture will never fit in your home. Definitely not the message you want to send to Buyers!
This common problem, often found in living rooms and bedrooms, can be easily corrected by removing unnecessary pieces. In a bedroom, you need a bed and night table, but not the additional dresser, desk and chest of drawers. Remove the additional pieces and ensure your bed is positioned in a manner that allows adequate traffic flow. Suddenly, the tight cramped space becomes open and inviting! In the living room, often we have a sofa, loveseat and chair, as well as a 3 piece table set. If we remove the loveseat, you suddenly make the room appear much larger and more functional. Sometimes, we find one or two very large scale “over stuffed” pieces. The California King bed in a regular bedroom – too large a piece is as bad as too many pieces. The “scale” of the furniture must be appropriate for the space. Storing the larger furniture temporarily and bringing in a smaller scale piece of furniture more appropriate for the space will showcase the room much better.
We send a strong message with our furniture placement as well. It’s important to remember to keep natural traffic flow patterns clear for Buyers to freely walk from one room to another. Forcing them to wiggle between furniture or walls will not leave a good impression. A common rule is 3 feet wide for a walkway. Keep rooms inviting. Closing off a room with the back of a large piece of furniture at the entry to a room, sends a psychological barrier “not to enter” vs. an open furniture arrangement that invites Buyers to “come on in”. Sometimes, positioning furniture correctly for a space can be a challenge. Consulting with a Professional Home Stager will ensure you send the right message to potential Buyers.
Getting your home Ready for Sale can take a bit of work. However, if you take the time to do it right, you’ll ensure your home is on the “short list” of homes to see! So get your home Picture Perfect before your Realtor comes to snap those photos. Remember, it’s equally important to show the Buyer the Home as it appears in the photos. So ensure you keep it looking its best for all showings!