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How to Make Your Home Look More Spacious (to Sell)

By Lindsay Goebel Last Updated June 8, 2020 3 min read

If you’re one of many homeowners looking to sell their home this summer, you probably understand that there is some prep work involved! This includes everything from finding the right real estate agent, to boosting your curb appeal, to decluttering your space.

There are a number of things you can do to add value to your home. One of those includes making your rooms feel open and bright in both listing photos and in person. Below are a few ways to make your home look more spacious:

Declutter the Space

First thing you’ll want to do to make your rooms look more spacious is decluttering. Start with throwing away or recycling anything that you have no intention to keep when you move. This includes old receipts, bills, notes, or other paper/recyclable items. Remember, if these items include personal information, it’s best to shred them first.

Atlanta dining room with round table

Next, create a donate box and a keep box to remove the remaining “cluttered” items. Envision the space as if it is a staged room, like one you would see in a home decor magazine. Keep it clean, fresh and minimal.

Rearrange the Furniture

Another trick to making a room appear more spacious is properly arranging the furniture. There are certain ways you can arrange your furniture in order to create an illusion of a larger space. Likewise, there are also certain ways to place furniture that actually makes the space more room and functional. You can find room layouts online to get some more inspiration.

Bedroom with decluttered space

In addition to properly arranging your furniture, you can add window treatments to make your space feel larger. Consider placing your curtain rod at least 4 inches above the window frame and have the rod length be further than the width of the window. This will allow the room to feel taller and wider.

Use a Professional Photographer

After you’ve decluttered your home and rearranged your furniture in order to create a larger-feeling space, you’ll want to have a professional real estate photographer come in and take listing images. When your real estate photographer does the listing shoot, they will focus on the best angles and composition for the space.

professional real estate photographer

Over 90% of buyers begin their search home search online, so real estate images are almost always the first impression your buyer will see of your space!


Listing your home to sell can feel overwhelming, but if you break down the process into smaller steps, you’ll find that it is completely manageable and worth the extra work. You can easily make your home look more spacious by decluttering the rooms, rearranging the furniture, and hiring a real estate photographer.