Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Did You Know?: How You Arrange Your Furniture Can Turn Off Potential Buyers. Here's Why
Most sellers focus on finding the right furniture to stage their home, but they never consider how the placement of that furniture can undo all their hard work. It's a subconscious thing, but the arrangement of items in the home can really make a difference with buyers.
Be sure to not make some of these common mistakes when arranging furniture to sell a house.
Keep The Traffic Flowing
A proper furniture layout should serve to guide the flow of traffic from room to room and make it easy to move freely. When furniture is placed without foot traffic in mind it can lead to blocked pathways and dead ends when potential buyers are looking around.
Rooms that are overcrowded with furniture have the opposite problem and supply no easy way for guests to move without stepping over each other. Make sure traffic can flow freely through the rooms and there is plenty of space to walk around.
Decide On A Focal Point
Every room needs a focal point for the furniture. Most rooms use built in features like a fireplace, but when the home doesn't have anything built in a television or painting will serve the same purpose.
Without a focal point, the room will feel disjointed and confused. This leads to chairs or couches pointed in different directions and can make potential buyers feel uncomfortable. A key focal point also takes the focus away from any flaws in the home.
First Impressions Over Function
Sometimes people can become so comfortable in their own home that function will overrule aesthetics and furniture will be placed where it proves the most useful and not where it looks the best.
This is fine until it's time to sell and the first thing buyers see when they enter a room is furniture in places where it doesn't look the most appealing. Walking in and seeing the back of furniture is never a good look, so make sure everything looks the best from the place guests will enter the room.
Every home has a different floor plan and it can be difficult determining whether furniture is placed properly, especially when you are used to the way it is now. A local real estate agent can walk through the home and give great insight into what improvements can be made and provide an outsider view of how the home looks to new visitors.