available at any home improvement center. Many stores offer the expertise of associates who are often well-acquainted with preparing a home for sale and can assist you in selecting just the right hues. For instance, dark or bold wall colors can dampen interest in a home if used in large spaces but can be used effectively as accent colors. If you aren’t a designer, you might not know this, but it’s neither hard nor expensive to find a store associate who does! Painting the interior not only gives a newness to your home, but it can also make it appear more spacious. By using the same color in visibly adjacent rooms, your house will have a seamless look and uninterrupted flow. You can also create the illusion of more space by changing your window coverings to match the walls.
FOCUS ON FURNITURE — LESS IS MORE
Staging is the art of creating a visibly inviting space. Like any homeowner, you will take your furniture with you when you move out of your home. Until then, your personal taste and style will be showcased while your home is on the market. In upcoming chapters, you will learn about depersonalizing your home, but first, we’ll examine the concept of creating space by keeping furniture to a minimum. Buyers are attracted to homes flooded with light and roominess. At the same time, they are repelled by homes filled with cramped and unnavigable spaces. Remove all unnecessary furniture from your living spaces and store it elsewhere while your home is on the market. Home shoppers want to walk through your home without obstacles. Space and storage are high on buyers’ lists, so every area of your home should feel spacious. All closets, pantries, and storage rooms must be organized and free from clutter. Remove the things that
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