It’s not really something you learn in school, nor is it the kind of thing most clients would be willing to admit when furnishing their home. But believe it or not, other people make their first impression of your home within 10 seconds of entering it. And sometimes that impression is difficult to change So the question is…should we be concerned with what they think? To answer the question, we have to look beyond purely our own ego.
Drawing on my previous years of doing some high-end model homes for a couple of Florida’s leading builders, one of the key elements in home sales was the point of impact. What does the potential buyer see as soon as they open their door? This created one of the contributing factors to what has become a standard in home design…the open floor plan.
The open floor plan can easily make a home feel larger and customers can immediately envision a family-gathering lifestyle. The cooking/eating area exposed to the entertainment area speaks of family meals and movies, weekend BBQ’s, birthday and holiday parties, and a place where the world is safe. These are powerful mental images that turn lookers into buyers.
Keeping that in mind, it’s important to plan your furniture layout not to obstruct the view, especially if your pool or view lies in the background. Furniture with it’s back facing the entry should be the smaller, lighter pieces such as chairs, and not your sofa. Brighter homes give a sense of good health and well-being. Colors, textures and styles all play an important role. And don’t forget to dress the windows. They are the frames for your picture.
So, first impact has an affect on sale/resale. It also has an affect on value. A home that has been well designed and furnished, more often than not will sell faster and for a higher price. When people are buying a new home, they are not looking for the added expense of renovations or trying to figure out how to use the space. It’s more than just a kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms to them. It’s how they imagine living in it. Or what it will be like to wake up to it on the weekends. And trust me, the more beautiful and interesting it is, the more desirable it becomes. So while you may think it’s not important to you what other people think, the day will probably come when you may want to rethink your position.
With the price of homes being what they are, who wouldn’t want their investment to look like more than they paid for it?
So it’s not really caring what other people think about your home but rather how they will subconsciously respond to it. And if they can feel it, trust me, you can feel it. And if there’s one person you should care about how your home makes them feel, it’s you.