Let there be Light: Spacious, Roomy Homes Sell Better
There’s no question about it, we Arizona folks like our space. We like to breath, move, bask in the light and have plenty of room to store our very own junk – uh, treasures.
Many home shoppers in the Phoenix area look for all of these features in a home. Sometimes the search for space and light is conscious. Other times it’s completely unconscious. As a Phoenix home seller, you have the ability to make a bigger, better impression on your potential buyers regardless of the actual size of your home. Here are some tips to help you use the space you have wisely for a positive impression on those Phoenix home buyers.
Take advantage of every possible ray of natural light available. Open curtains and blinds. Clean windows and skylights inside and out. Try to schedule showings for the time of day when natural light shows off your home’s features best. Remove dark, heavy curtains and replace them with simple window toppers or white (even light-colored) sheers.
The power of electricity
Make sure all bulbs are working. Opt for soft lights where you want to create a soft ambiance. Use brighter lights where you want to create a powerful sense of energy. Up the wattage. Replace low-watt bulbs with higher watt bulbs in large areas. Use lamps in dark corners to make them seem wider and brighter. Turn them on when you are about to show your home. Remove light covers and clean them thoroughly.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Whose house is the biggest of all? Yours could certainly seem like it with tasteful mirrors strategically placed throughout your home. The reflection on you will be sweet when home shoppers delight in the spacious, airy feeling they get from a big, beautiful mirror in the right location.
Remove excess furniture
There’s no need to live without a couch, but certainly do eliminate excess furniture from a home you’re trying to sell. If you just have to hang on to it, rent a storage unit or store excess pieces at the home of a friend or family.
Clear of shelves, all visible surfaces and even those surfaces tucked away. Home shoppers like to peek inside closets and cupboards. Make sure yours are well-organized. Remove anything you don’t have to have and keep small areas particularly clean.
Clean out the garage
You’ve been waiting for the right motivation. Now it’s time to clean out the garage. Many home shoppers (particularly men) base their decisions on work spaces such as the garage (sometimes it’s the laundry room or kitchen). If you rely on storage space in the garage, invest in some simple storage shelves to make things tidy and neat. A spacious garage is a great selling point.
Leave during a showing
Extra bodies take up extra space. Allow home shoppers to imagine themselves in your home without you present. It’s not just the physical space you occupy, but the energy a home seller can consume unconsciously in their own home. It’s difficult to watch others access your treasured surroundings. It’s best to leave through the showing and allow shoppers to browse.