Getting More Without Giving More

It is a well known fact that most people love having more without spending
more to get it. This applies in the buying of houses as well. Home buyers want
the most house that their money can buy. Open floor plans of a smaller house
often sell better than the cramped floor plan of a larger home. What is the
difference? The smaller home’s open floor plan created the feel of being
spacious. Knowing how to make the most of your square footage is vitally
important to selling your home. You don’t have to renovate and knock down
walls in order to visually create more space. In this email, I am offering you
some tried and true methods on how to visually create more space.


    1. Choose the right color - White, ecru, soft grays, and muted yellows
    all reflect light. This makes them more inviting and opens up a room.
    Cool colors, like soft blues and greens also have the same effect.
    Having your furniture in the same color as your walls also helps to
    make your space appear larger.

    2. Hang a mirror - Choose an aspect of your room that can be
    highlighted twice, like a piece of art or a large open window, and hang a
    mirror across from it. This visual serves as a way to make a room look

    3. Remove any bulky or obstructing pieces of furniture - This will keep
    your room looking open and inviting and takes away any distracting
    visuals that will stop eye movement. Arrange your furniture in a way that
    displays open areas of floor and avoids blocking windows, doors, or
    major pathway areas. If at all possible, pack away any furniture that is
    not necessary.

    4. Clear away clutter - Keep all toys, magazines, decorative objects,
    and counter top items away from view.

    5. Add more lighting - This eliminates shadows which often tend to
    make a room look smaller.

    6. Use transparent objects - Glass or other see-through tables provide
    useful surfaces but also disappear in a visual perception of a room.
    See-through window sheers and table cloths add softness to the room
    without hindering the eye.

Keeping your home clean and well arranged can do a great deal in getting top
dollar for your house when you decide to sell. As you can see, most of the ways
to open up your home are inexpensive. These cost effective tips can help you
get the most out of your home when you are trying to sell, as it allows the
prospective buyer to see your home’s true potential.

Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.