Maximizing Your Square Footage

Maximizing Your Square Footage – If you are selling a condo or a townhouse with less than 1300 square feet of living space, you need to highlight the fact that even a small living space can offer a lot by simply staging it to show off the best features. A fireplace, balcony or patio and the number of bathrooms are most definitely excellent selling features that should be showed off.

LESS IS MORE When maximizing your square footage, remove furniture, personal items (computer table, stationary bike, kids toys, etc.) and décor that makes the place feel crowded. Keep the furniture down to a basic 7-piece living room set (including sofa).

KEEP THE WALL ART TASTEFUL It is essential to remove all personal photos and leave wall décor that’s very neutral in color,texture, and print. Any expensive paintings or possessions you are emotionally attached to should be packed up and stored away.

CLEAR ALL COUNTERTOP AREAS All kitchen or bathroom countertops should be cleared off. Only the items representing room functionality (cooking oils, mixer, coffee maker or a soap dispenser) should be left on the counter (3 at the most).

CLEAR OUT YOUR CLOSET, PANTRY AND FRIDGE These are the areas all potential buyers look into. Downsize your closet by packing clothes you don’t need. Create a visually appealing closet space that makes a buyer have an “aha” moment thinking: “I can fit even more in here!”

MAKE SURE YOU STAGE YOUR OUTDOOR AREA Even a small balcony or patio adds a lot to a small condo or townhouse. Small grill and dining table or lounging area have an incredible impact on a buyer’s decision making. – Karolina Jandera, www.TheStagingShop.ca

Maximizing Your Square Footage

Using a simple color scheme like gray and white is a great way to keep a small space from feeling too busy but it can also get boring. In this property, we added a few touches of a bold ginger yellow for a pop of color that adds interest without overwhelming the space. – Ariel Fu, www.newconcepthomestaging.com

Maximizing Your Square Footage

When working with a small space, it is important to use furniture that is proportionate to the space. You want to be able to move freely around the room. Other easy tricks that work well in any small space include using lighter colors to create a more open and airy feeling and choosing glass table tops that take up less visual space. – Amanda Shields, www.amandashieldsinteriors.com

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