On HGTV this morning I saw the following (which I have severely paraphrased):
Potential Tenant: “It’s a great place but the bedroom is no bigger than what we have now, so it will be a tight squeeze.”
Real Estate Agent: “The apartment meets all of their criteria and I have some ideas about how to make the bedroom work for them.”
Potential Tenant: “It’s a little beyond our price range but we’re still considering it.”
Real Estate Agent: “Here’s a plan for the bedroom: simple shapes and lighter paint on the walls will create the illusion of more space.”
Potential Tenant: “With the ideas our agent showed us for creating more space in the bedroom, we’ll take it.”
I was a little confused by the edited show. I couldn’t understand why they would choose these snippets of conversation that seem to be disconnected. On the one hand the potential tenants are concerned about the amount of space in bedroom, which they know is not any physically bigger than their current bedroom. The real estate agent, by her own words, is only creating the “illusion” of space and yet the tenants interpret that as having solved their problem.
If you’re selling a home, you want it to show to its best advantage. Thus, paint and mirrors that open up a room and make it seem bigger or wide-angle photography — these are ways to “market” the home. But as a buyer, you would still need to take measurements and be sure that your furniture fits or your plans for the room will physically work.
When you see a home full of someone’s stuff (even in a de-cluttered place) the sense of space will be very different from seeing the same home vacant and empty. You may think the rooms are bigger or smaller depending on how your spatial awareness works. Once again, nothing beats actual measurements.