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December 3, 2010

Good Traffic Flow Sells Homes

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Written by: Donna Dazzo
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What exactly is flow, and more specifically, traffic flow, in a house or a room?

Simply, it’s the ability to walk easily from room to room in a house as well as through the room without bumping into furniture or coming upon an empty space.

Studies show that homes that have a good traffic flow sell faster than those that do not.

But even if your home is not on the market, you still want to maximize flow.

A couple of important “rules”:

1.   You should be able to walk freely between rooms such as the dining room and kitchen, for example.  This rule wouldn’t apply to private spaces, like a bedroom.

2.   You should be able to walk from an entryway into a room without bumping into or having to walk around something

3.   You should be able to walk freely around and in front of furniture, except traffic should not flow through a conversation area

4.   Having too much furniture in a room will inhibit flow

Here’s an example of improper flow.  In order to walk to the patio doors from the doorway, you would have to walk through the conversation area by maneuvering between the coffee table and the couch, and then around a chair.

poor livingroom flow

In the layout below, you can walk from the doorway to the patio doors without going through the conversation area.

good livingroom flow

What furniture layout situations have you encountered, good or bad?

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About the Author

Donna Dazzo
Donna Dazzo
President of Designed to Appeal, LLC, design work and staging skills have recently been featured in The New York Times, Hamptons Magazine, Dan’s Papers, LINewsday, Vox Hamptons Magazine and on TV’s NY1 News and “Getting Your Money’s Worth” and on WFUV-FM (90.7 in NYC). Donna is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Redesigner and a Staging Diva graduate. She has studied Interior Space Planning at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and has her MBA from Fordham University.

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