When buyers are considering purchasing a home, its size, and how it will fit their needs, becomes very important to them.  Even though you tell them that your Piedmont home is 2445 sq. ft., if it does not actually look that size when they enter, will cause you to lose much of the valuable first impressions of spaciousness that you want to convey.

Additionally, many Oakland homes and Berkeley homes are often quite large inside, but need to be presented in the best way possible.

 Many things can cause a home to look smaller than it is. Here are some tips to make it appear to be the size it actually is:

 1. Before you begin showing the home, go through each room and remove as much furniture as practicable. Side tables, end tables, bookcases, chairs and desks all take up room. While they may work for you and your family, they may be just too much for the room they are in. Take some time to redesign the room so that it appears pleasant, but not crowded. Consider using tips from the many home design websites to guide you.

 2. Remove clutter from each room. This includes overloaded bookcases, crammed storage shelves, children’s toys and games, dog and cat beds and equipment, stacks of CD’s , DVD,s , and other related items, This may be the hardest step, since each family member’s version of clutter will be different. Make this a family project, perhaps on a weekend, with the goal of everyone getting it done in a fair and impartial manner.

 3. Create a wide traffic flow from one room to another. There should be an easy and open transition from room to room. Avoid having buyers stepping around or over things to view the home. If the floors are suitable, consider removing rugs if they break up the sight line and room integrity. Work towards a bright and airy look, and a floor plan that invites the buyer to move freely from one room to another.

 In summary, it is important to show your home at its best. The buyers need to be assured that they are getting what they are paying for, and you can provide them with that information with just a little advance preparation.


Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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