There are a lot of factors that go into making a home appealing to buyers so you can sell it fast and for the most money possible. One you may be overlooking? Furniture arrangement.
How a room is arranged has a big effect on the size of the space, how someone feels when they walk into it, and where a buyer’s attention goes. Here are some reasons why you should be taking a second look at the arrangements in your home before putting it on the market.
The Importance of Furniture Arrangement
It affects the perceived size of the space
When it comes to the size of a room, there is the actual size and there is the size it appears to be. Most people don’t understand the true size of a room without the help of the right furniture and furniture arrangement, especially in an awkward space. For example, in an empty home, many buyers will assume a bedroom or living room is too small because a space always seems smaller without furniture, especially if the room isn’t a traditional shape.
The wrong furniture arrangement can have the same effect. It can throw off the entire look and make the room seem smaller than it is simply because the space hasn’t been maximized by the arrangement. Where the furniture goes is even more important than the furniture itself. The most beautiful décor can be ruined by a bad arrangement.
Traffic flow makes a room feel inviting or awkward
Have you ever walked into a room and something felt off about it? That can often be attributed to an ineffective traffic flow. When you enter a room, there should be a natural flow from one area to the next. Blocking the path, obstructing doorways or windows, and not having clear activity zones all contribute to a space feeling awkward and uncomfortable, especially to buyers. Most won’t be able to put their finger on what is causing the problem, so they’ll assume it’s a bad floor plan and move on to the next listing.
It directs your attention
A great furniture arrangement will guide your attention to a focal point in the room around which everything else will flow. This is especially important to take advantage of when your home is on the market because you can guide a buyer’s attention to the most positive attributes of a space, such as a lovely view or a wall of beautiful built-ins. Otherwise, a buyer’s attention may land on the less appealing areas in your home.
It makes or breaks the MLS photos
MLS photos are important to selling your home faster because most buyers nowadays look online first before checking out the home in person. If they don’t like what they see online, they won’t even bother going to a showing. The right furniture arrangement will show off each room in its best light in the limited view the photos offer and entice buyers to want to see more.