When conducting home viewings, there are several tips on how to stage it best to clinch the fastest deal with potential home buyers, and it all boils down to space. Research shows that housing satisfaction increases after moving to a bigger house by 1.2 points on a seven-point scale.
What are the proven hacks in making your home look bigger and more welcoming for potential home buyers?
1. Furniture should inspire and help buyers focus
Not only is it important to group your furniture into arrangements that spark conversation, but it also keeps the flow going in your home. Try it yourself as though you’re seeing your home for the first time, check every corner and room. Do you feel a continuous flow?
When potential home buyers view your home, their focus shouldn’t be disrupted- that’s the trick of making the space look and feel spacious. Hence, you need to get rid of oversized furniture that could make your house look smaller than it really is.
2. Possessions should spark joy and decrease stress
Excessive possessions become a big obstacle in sealing that deal for your home. Not only does it clutter your space, but it also results to making a home feel smaller, darker, and cramped; a 2012 study conducted by researchers at UCLA showed clutter to be a cause of elevated stress and even a trigger for depression.
How do you get started? Clear horizontal surfaces and try walking in the shoes of the buyers. As you enter your home, do your possessions spark joy?
3. Lighting should be inviting and add cheer
The right lighting can work wonders. Open all the windows to let in natural light, tie back curtains and add floor or table lamps to illuminate areas that are dim.
Pay attention to factors that will make space feel brighter and more cheerful once cleaned such as windows, light fixtures, walls, ceiling and floor.
A bright, cheery room looks bigger and more inviting!
4. Indoor plants should complement space and decrease anxiety
You can bring nature inside your home such as potted plants, it improves your home’s air quality and makes potential home buyers feel less anxious, calm and focused. Why? Because plants help people feel less boxed in.
Plants help bring energy into a space, fill in empty corners, and even draw attention to features in your home that you want buyers to notice.
How to get started? Grab that potted plant you have been eyeing for weeks now! They require less responsibility and can fit your busy lifestyle.
5. Smell should create good associations and positive emotions
The olfactory bulb has direct connections to two brain areas that are strongly implicated in emotion and memory. This is why olfaction, more than any other sense, is so successful at triggering emotions and memories.
Who can resist the smell of perfectly baked chocolate chip cookies? This is an example of a homey smell that allows people to connect with a kitchen. If you can bake, plan it ahead! Put your dough in the oven just in time for the home viewing. If you’re not a baker, light a scented candle instead. You’ll be surprised how your buyer could vividly recall how welcoming your home is!
We hope your home will be full of space, light, energy, good smells and good feels!
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