Make your house look bigger without removing walls

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A worker hitting the corner of an exterior wall with a sledgehammer

10/23/2015 | Author: Ward Lowe

Instead of just asking me to help with his kitchen remodel, my friend made me an offer I couldn't refuse: Want to come over and knock down a wall?

While that's one way to make your house feel bigger, it's probably not the best option if you're putting your house on the market. Here are a few easier ways to add a sense of space.

Cut the clutter
Everyone knows they should do this, but few people go far enough. Don’t put books and magazines in neat piles—get rid of them. Put knickknacks in storage, and pare down your furniture. It’s better to have a few large pieces than several small ones.

Take a walk
Every house has natural paths, from the kitchen to the dining room or from the living room to the bathroom, and these walkways must be clear. You may not mind detouring around a large sectional to get from the TV room to the kitchen, but buyers will think your TV room isn’t big enough.

Look around
Related to clear walkways are clear views. Keep tall furniture like bookshelves away from doorways, and pull back the shower curtain to expose the entire bathroom. Don’t block any part of windows, sliding glass doors, or French doors.

Pick the right paint
If you plan to repaint some rooms, choose colors that feel cool, such as light blue or light green.

Add light
Not only will light colors create a sense of openness, actual light helps, too. Open curtains or blinds to let in sunlight, and consider adding a lamp to dark corners.

When you’re done with these changes, ask for objective feedback from your Texas REALTOR®. He or she will know what buyers will focus on when they enter your house and which rooms might need more work.

Of course, if you do decide you want knock down a wall, give me a call. I’ll bring my sledgehammer.

Categories: Sellers
Tags: selling, staging, declutter


Jeanette Edwards on 10/26/2015

Paint light blue or light green?  Not a good choice.  Earth tone colors are the best choice. Keeping paint colors neutral attracts more buyers who may choose to make an offer.

Shelley on 10/24/2015

Your paint color suggestions are bad advice.  Homeowners should stick with a neutral color: light beige or light gray.  Suggesting light blue or light green is a mistake.  There’s a good chance that for most buyers these colors won’t “go” with their furnishings, requiring repainting.  Most buyers want to move in without redesign and remodeling hassles so colors on the walls may reduce the number of interested buyers.

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