When you walk into a model home, you get a feeling that you don’t get walking into any other home – it is like entering an entirely differently world – a home that is perfect in every way. The furniture and decorations look like they were designed specifically for this home. The spaces feel open and balanced. Each primary and accent paint color go together perfectly. The home is clean and smells amazing!
What do home builders and interior decorators do to make these homes look that way and give you feeling you get when you visit one of these models? I’m Kyle Pfaffe, real estate expert in the Austin, TX area and in Episode #20 of Real Estate, Real Answers, I am going to share with you the tips and tricks home builders do to give that you “model home feel” and show you how you can do the same at your home. At the end, I am going to reveal one expert tip that almost always gets missed by people trying to make their home stand out.
First, model homes are CLEAN. Nothing says “Move-In Ready” or “Buy Me” to a visitor like a clean home. I’m not talking about just your ordinary top to bottom house cleaning – I’m talking about something like the sparkle and shine experience you get when looking at new cars. The windows have been cleaned and the blinds have been dusted. The counters are clear, the floor is spotless and the carpet probably has the pattern you see when an expert maid or house cleaner just finished vacuuming The bathrooms look like a high-end hotel. To make your home look like a model, make it look super-clean and make sure not to miss details that many people do like the windows and blinds. Keeping those clean not only makes your home look cleaner, it also helps let all the natural light come in your home.
Second, model homes have great colors. Color is very important to how a home is presented. Think about the last time you visited a store’s toy section with your child, nephew or granddaughter – toy manufactures have the colors and packaging of toys down to a science and the toys seem to jump off the shelf at the kids. This is marketing 101. Model homes have color palettes that are chosen and combined with similar thoughts in mind. The decorators use the latest color trends and paint softer tones in large areas like walls and then add pop to a home by accenting with ambitious but complimentary colors in the details. When choosing colors for your home, HGTV and the color palettes you find at your local hardware store are your friend. Here are a couple PRO painting tips – you can make a room feel bigger by painting it the same color as the adjoining room and seem like one big room. Some model home stagers will also paint a room the same color as the drapes to give a seamless and sophisticated look that provides the illusion of more space.
A third thing that model homes use to stand out is to have adequate and layered lighting. Most homes are under lit – the general rule for lighting is to take the square footage of the room and multiply that by 1.5. This gives you the total wattage you should have to light a room. Now divide that number by the lights you have in a room – does your home have enough lighting? Model homes also layer the lighting by using three different types of light – ambient, task and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is general or overhead lighting. Task light is pendant, reading or under cabinet lighting. Accent lighting is wall or table lamps. Using layered lighting helps to make sure your home is well lit as well as provides depth and balance. Don’t depend on one or two light fixtures in a room – use the formula to see if you have enough light and layer the lighting to give your home the “model home” feel.
Fourth, model homes are spaced a certain way. Furniture is brought away from the walls and placed in conversation groups; not in a way that inhibits traffic flow, but in a way that shows how the home flows together. Furniture will be coordinated, in a consistent style and the right size and scale for the room. Each room will be decorated but not cluttered. Another thing you might notice is the that closets in a model home almost always have something in them but still have plenty of space and unused storage – this space is your friend and tells a perspective buyer that your home has plenty of space for all of their belongings. To make your home look like a model, make sure your furniture pieces compliment each other and are the right size for the rooms they are in. Also, order them in a way that demonstrates the purpose of the room and shows an obviously flow to the home’s floor-plan.
I told you I would share with you one expert tip that most people miss about model homes. Everything in a model home is designed with a target buyer in mind. Home builders consider who is going to be interested in the particular size, style, location and price point of their homes. Based on that target buyer, the home will be staged, pictures will be taken and online descriptions will be written to appeal directly to that type of person. If you are trying to make your home look like a model so it will sell faster, you should definitely consider what type of buyer will be interested in your home, and attempt to appeal to that type of person.
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