The Eyes Have It
Of all our five senses, sight has the greatest influence over a buyer’s decision to buy – or not to buy. To make your home the apple of buyers’ eyes, appeal to their senses of sight.
Let there be light. Dark rooms strike the eye as being smaller than they really are, so maximize natural light in your home by opening up all your window coverings. Also, make sure all your light fixtures are turned on, and consider switching out low-watt bulbs (temporarily) for some with higher wattage, to brighten some rooms even more.
Tone it down. Bold colours are difficult for buyers to see past and busy patterns are visually distracting. You want buyers’ eyes focused on your home, not on your décor, so repaint those loud walls, tear up that busy carpet and tear down that dizzying wallpaper, and think neutral tones and subdued patterns instead.
De-clutter. Like darkness, clutter tricks the eye into thinking spaces are smaller than they are, and like loud colours and busy patterns, it’s distracting and hard to see past – not to mention it can cause buyers to wonder what else is being neglected in the home. Have a friend visit to help objectively spot your home’s problem areas.
Create the illusion of more space. Open your closets and have a look. Now remove half their contents. Do they look bigger to you? They will to buyers, as well. Mirrors are a great way to make walls “recede” – hang them in small spaces like foyers, hallways and anywhere they’ll reflect natural light.