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Setting the Stage: How Your Interior Design Can Make Your Home More Appealing to Potential Buyers

By Lizzie Weakley | April 21, 2017

If you are concerned about listing your home for sale in the near future, you are not alone. Many homeowners have concerns about receiving low offers on their home or about not receiving any offers at all. In some cases, these concerns are unfounded, and many homeowners are able to sell their home for a decent price within a reasonable period of time. In other cases, however, homeowners may be well aware that their home is not as appealing as it should be in order to compete with other homes listed for sale in their community. If you fall into the latter group, you may be thinking about hiring an interior designer to help you improve your home before you list it for sale. A skilled interior designer can improve your home in several ways.

Making a Small Space Seem Bigger
Small spaces can make buyers feel claustrophobic, and such negative feelings can result in buyers passing over your home in search of one that has a more light and airy feel. Interior design can do wonders for small spaces. Through effective small space design, the smallest areas of your home can be improved with wonderful results. Everything from enhanced lighting and strategic positioning of furniture to the introduction of smaller furnishings and maximizing vertical space can produce the results you desire in your small space.

Home Buyers like open floor plans, open-plan kitchens and other modern designs

Creating an Inviting Ambiance
It can be difficult for you to tell if your home has an inviting ambiance yourself because you spend so much time in the space. However, when a home is not inviting, it can repel buyers and leave them with an unsettled feeling. Your interior designer can take numerous steps to improve the ambiance throughout your home. This may include repainting the walls, replacing heavy drapes with lighter window coverings, allowing more natural light into the space, re-positioning furniture and more.

Defining the Use of Space
Over your years of use in the home, you may have adopted unique uses for some of your rooms. For example, some people will turn a formal dining room into a home office or a play area for the kids. A spare bedroom may be used as a workout area. While these room definitions may work well for your family, they can confuse buyers. It is best to re-define these spaces back to their original use. Your designer can assist with this process in the most economical yet aesthetically pleasing way possible.

kitchen design

Making the Space Less Personal
As a homeowner, you understandably have decorated the home based on your personal taste up to this point. When you are decorating a home in preparation of selling it, the décor must be less personalized and more general. This is because it must appeal to the broadest target audience in order to sell the home quickly. Your interior designer will improve the décor to remove all aspects of personalization.

As you can see, improved home décor designed to help you sell a property is focused on making the home appealing to the buyer rather than specifically to you and your family. It can be uncomfortable in some cases to live in a home that has been designed with a seller in mind. However, keep in mind that this will likely only be for a short period of time. Many homes that are professionally decorated before they are listed for sale sell quickly. Soon, you may be living in your new home and can decorate that space based on your personal preferences. You can reach out to an interior decorator today to schedule an in-home consultation and to learn more about the decorating steps that may be taking in your home.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. The information in this article is credited to RST Brands, a company that specializes in small space design.

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer and Realty Biz News contributor.
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