Wherever you live, you only have a certain amount of space and most people want the room to be spacious. A home’s size is predetermined by the architect who built it, while an apartment is designed specifically to fit a certain amount of units in a building.
While you may not be able to bust out a wall to make more room in your living space, you can still make it fit your needs. Don’t throw out your furniture pieces just yet. With a few easy tricks, you’ll soon feel like you’re living in the spacious home you desire; lighting, paint, mirrors and spacious area rugs help increase the magnitude of a space.
Try these six tips for fooling the eye and making a room look more spacious. Even someone on the tightest budget can maximize the space in their home — or, at least, the appearance of it — and make it feel brand new.
1. Clean From Top to Bottom
The best thing you can do to create more space in your home is clean it from top to bottom. Take a day to empty every closet and shelf you’ve turned a blind eye to, and dig through the contents. Toss anything you don’t want to keep in a pile. Then, separate it later into one collection of items you can donate and one pile of things to throw out.
Once you clear your home of any unwanted or unnecessary things, you’ll automatically gain more space to work with. Then you can move on to the fun stuff, like redecorating and playing with the way you set up each room. Lighting, paint, mirrors
2. Work With Mirrors
The first tip any interior designer will give you to open up a room is to hang mirrors. While you don’t need to cover the walls with mirrors from top to bottom, you’ll need more than a couple of mirrors hanging here and there to do the job.
Instead, hang mirrors strategically as decor and make each room feel bigger. Use them to create a visual window rather than constructing an actual windowpane. Play around with different sizes to determine what works for you. Consider the space, color and design of each mirror you choose.
3. Combine Lighting and Paint
When you need to work with an especially small space, lighting and paint color play a vital role. Natural light fills a living area and brightens every corner, making it appear larger. The right color paint will emphasize this trick of the eye. So, where can you start?
The first step to approaching paint is to match it with your floors to get the shade that works best in each room. Light floors and light paint will visually open up a space more than if you matched dark paint with light floors. Ask for paint samples at your local hardware store to try out swatches and figure out what you like before committing to painting the whole room.
4. Hang Curtains Higher
When you picture an expensive home with extra spacious rooms, you might imagine tall windows with extra tall curtains. While your home’s curtains probably fit the size of your windows, think about switching them out for longer shades to achieve this look. Hang the curtains four to five inches above the top of each window to maximize its size and play a visual trick with the room.
5. Invest in Tall Furniture
People with large homes often have taller furniture made specifically for each room. Even if you can’t do the same, you can still invest in tall furniture that fits the height of any area of your home. Find tall furniture that looks like it belongs in your space, such as a bookshelf painted your favorite color.
Bookshelves are one of the best pieces of furniture you can find to create a bigger room. Look around thrift stores in your area for bookshelves on sale, or consider building one yourself using your room’s exact measurements. Line one wall with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and leave some space on each shelf unfilled to create the appearance of a larger room with more space.
6. Buy Large Rugs
Homeowners commonly use rugs to create a focal point in a room. The right rug blends seamlessly into any design scheme — and if you’re trying to create more visual space, you’ll want to go big or go home. Larger rugs cover more of the floor and create the illusion of a larger more spacious room. On the other hand, having multiple small rugs in one room shrinks each section and minimizes the entire space.
Large rugs are worth saving up for. As soon as you unroll your new addition, you’ll immediately see a change in how you perceive the room.
Stick to Tiny Changes
When you think about making a room bigger, you might immediately picture expensive renovation and weeks of contractors moving in and out of your home. Instead, you can avoid the headache of a large project and create the same effect with tiny changes.
Buy a lighter paint color and redo your home to expand every room. Build tall furniture or roll out an oversized rug while you’ve got free time on the weekend. Little efforts make a huge difference in changing your home from feeling like a cramped space to one with room to breathe.
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SIMPLE REPAIRS THAT GIVE HOME SELLERS THE BEST RETURN ON INVESTMENT
A seller’s primary focus should be on fixing the MAJOR concerns first. The right combination of good staging a great realtor and smaller, less expensive updates can make for a great return. Here are a few simple home repairs to make before putting your home on the market to get the most bang for your buck.
If you think your floors are dated, dingy and gross, so will potential buyers and this small investment will make your home stand out from the crowd! . Replace what’s worn. If you have already updated the flooring in your home to hardwood floors or put in new carpet, consider refinishing the wood floors if needed or having your carpets professionally cleaned.
KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS
These two rooms are vital in the minds of a buyer’s perception of price point and investment value! Updating grout, counter tops, cabinet hardware or faucets, replacing counter tops, painting cabinets and updating kitchen appliances will get your home into top selling shape.
Did you once suffer the wrath of a plumbing problem that left unsightly water stains in your ceiling? Did your roof previously leak during a storm? Even if the problem is repaired, paint the ceiling leak mark, and if you haven’t fixed the leak or roof, FIX IT!
Spend a little bit to have a lawn service spruce up your yard, i.e. mulch, pull weeds, trim landscaping and sod patchy grass. Repair or replace rotted wood on fencing. If there’s a plethora of wood rot or cement board rot around the exterior, replace with new and repaint.
Did Mittens claw your door jambs or maybe Butch chewed through a window screen? Or perhaps little Johnny colored on the walls with his crayons and left little hand marks on the walls. Whatever the issue is, get it repaired. Small aesthetic blemishes cause big concerns for home buyers.
HAPPY HOME SELLING!
Call Jaime Fallon Premier Realty Team today for a FREE home sales investment evaluation (281) 763-9825.
It’s that time again!! Spring is here and home buyer’s are on the hunt! Here are the TOP cleaning checklists provided by your Houston/Katy, TX realtor-Jaime Fallon. Make sure to dust and clean away your clutter! #realtortips
Wipe Walls and Ceilings: Use a vacuum to remove dust. Tackle stubborn surface grime, especially prevalent in kitchens, with a solvent-free degreaser (test it first in an inconspicuous area to ensure it won’t mar the surface).
Reseal Grout Lines: The cement-based material between wall, floor, and countertop tiles is extremely porous and stains easily. Protect it with a penetrating grout sealer; it’s best to apply it with a small foam brush.
Vacuum and Shampoo Rugs: Synthetic carpets and rugs with wa- terproof backings can be deep-cleaned with a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. Rugs without backings, including Orientals, require professional cleaning.
Dust Books and Shelves: Take everything off the Shelves, and brush shelves and books with a feather dust- er. Use the dust-brush or crevice tool on a vacuum to reach into tight spots. Wipe the spines of leather-bound books with a clean, soft cloth.
Clean Upholstered Furnishings: Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. If there are stains, check the pieces for care labels. Use a vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions.
Polish Metal Door and Window Hardware: Liquid polishes and polish-impregnated cloths work well for medi- um-tarnished surfaces; pastes and creams are for heavier work. If tarnish doesn’t come off, try a stronger product.
Dust Your Home Thoroughly: This includes hard-to-reach places, such as the tops of ceiling fans and window casings. Always work from the top of a room down, vacuuming the dust that settles on the floor. Avoid using dusting sprays.
Wax Wooden Furniture: Wipe surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with water and mild dish washing liquid. Apply paste wax, such as Butch- er’s wax, a few feet at a time with a cotton rag folded into a square pad. Let wax dry; buff with a clean cloth.
Ensure Fire Safety: Change batteries in smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure units are free of dust. Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher, and review escape plans.
Wash Window Screens: Using warm water and a mild dish washing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush; rinse thoroughly.
Clean Window Treatments: Many draperies and curtains are machine washable; check labels. Dry-clean fabric shades. Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dish washing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.
Wax Non-Wood Floors: Vinyl and linoleum floors that have lost their shine should be waxed with a polish designed for these surfaces. Most stone and tile floors can be treated with either a paste or a liquid wax designed for the material.
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Jaime Fallon, Top Houston/Katy Realtor
7 Tips for Selling Your Home QUICKLY & EFFICIENTLY!
# 7 Play the agent field A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong agent. Make sure you have an agent who is totally informed. Make sure they monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. A tech savvy agent is KEY to selling success!
#6 Bright and cheery Maximize the light in your home. After location, lighting is the most requested item that buyers seek. Take down the dingy drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine.
#5 Don’t over-upgrade Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains, buy some inexpensive new ones or remove them all together. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.
#4 Always be ready to show! CLEAN! CLEAN! CLEAN! Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times! You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Also, hide the critters and their dog/cat dishes, litter boxes and pet homes (not everyone is an animal lover).
#3 Take the home out of your house! DE-CLUTTER! Depersonalize your home. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home(a top agent should be able to do this). Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
#2 The kitchen sells You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. If you have the additional funds to replace dated counter-tops, do so however the fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style.
#1 The first impression is the only impression! No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers.
REALTOR TIPS BY: Jaime Fallon Premier Realty Team. CALL TODAY FOR A FREE IN HOME PROPERTY VALUATION BY HOUSTON/KATY, TX TOP REALTOR JAIME FALLON #realtor