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4 tips to create space before an open home

By Andrew Bell

When it comes to selling your Gold Coast home, you want to do everything you can to fetch the best price. This includes preparing your property for an open home, so your prospective buyers see the potential as soon as they walk in. One aspect you definitely want to show off, is space.

4 tips for creating space ahead of an open home

1) Let the light in

One of the most frequently cited tip for making a room look spacious is letting light in. Depending on your room, this might involve removing heavy blinds or curtains in favour of lighter, less intrusive options. Alternatively, make use of light colours throughout your decor as well as carefully placed mirrors to help reflect light and create an airy feel.

2) Open up the floor

You actually have two options to consider here. For all-round small spaces, try to avoid any design that splits the room into sections, whether it's rugs or a change from carpet to wood. Each individual area will only look smaller if you and seem more cramped if you have multiple types of flooring.

However, in naturally more open spaces, a change of flooring might help make a room look bigger still. You can define different spaces with flooring to make it obvious just how much you can do in this one space. Use a rug to pull together sofas and a coffee table as a relaxing corner. Meanwhile, if your room transitions into a kitchen or dining space, a change of flooring makes it feel like you have a whole extra room within the same environment.

3) Connect with the outside world

With the right design, any outdoor space you do have can function as an extra room in the summer time. However, you've got to show your potential buyers how this could work. Set up the space as an outdoor dining area, or an extra lounge space so visitors can see how they'd make use it. Make sure it's easy to access on the day, and visible from other areas of the property where possible, so no one misses it.

4) Remove clutter 

This is such an easy trick, you'd be crazy not to do it. Before an open home, blitz all your surfaces and remove anything that doesn't need to be on show. This shows how much space your property offers, and prevents buyers from feeling like they'll never be able to fit all their own stuff in. Pay special attention to removing:

  • Stationery pots and paper pads cluttering up surfaces in various rooms.
  • Unnecessary kitchen items – move tea and coffee into a cupboard and try not to have too many gadgets taking up food preparation areas.
  • Piles of paperwork, newspapers or magazines.
  • Personal photos as it's hard to imagine your own belongings in a space filled with other people's faces.
  • Heaps of shoes, coats and other outdoor wear – while it's tempting to kick them off as you walk in, it makes the entryway seem small and creates a bad first impression.

Planning ahead to create a spacious property

If you've got some time and you're willing to invest in getting the best sale price, you might also want to consider some bigger renovations.

  • Make rooms appear bigger by creating opening up shared rooms. You don't need to remove an entire wall, but making a walkway between rooms draws the eye further and makes both spaces appear larger.
  • Increase window size, and even add skylights or extra glass where possible.
  • Install big patio doors and landscape your garden to make the transition from indoor rooms to a functional outdoor space totally seamless.

At Ray White Surfers Paradise, we're experts at selling property. Work with us, and we'll make sure your home looks just perfect. Get in touch today.

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