If you’re considering putting your condo on the market while the market is hot, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure the space looks as large and welcoming as possible. Small spaces can turn a buyer off, but if you invest some time and money into it, you can make it look larger than it actually is.

Use the mirror trick. Well placed mirrors can make a tiny room feel almost endless, as they will reflect the sunlight and create a seemingly open space. Large mirrors in the bathroom will make it look larger, and well-placed mirrors in hallways not only add visual appeal, but also open the space.

It’s all about the windows. There’s a reason most condos have floor-to-ceiling windows even though the Canadian winter weather might make that seem like a foolish idea. If one side of the apartment has no windows, the side that does should have plenty to ensure that plenty of light is let in. While you might not be able to change the windows in a condo, you might be able to in other small properties like townhomes. If you’re able to, it’s always an advantage to add more windows to a small space.

Stick to light paint colours. This might be the oldest trick in the book, but for good reason—it works. Light colours reflect the light and open up the space, dark colours do the opposite, making your condo look even smaller than it is. While you don’t have to stick to white, a lighter version of your favourite colour will brighten the space and still reflect your personality.

Emphasize useful furniture and hidden storage. When it comes to staging (or even just living in) a small space, showing off the abundant storage and the sectional that actually has hidden storage space under it is a great way to ensure that potential buyers see that a small space doesn’t have to be constricting. Building extra storage space into the unit is not only functional for you while living there, but will also be appealing to future buyers.