Create a good traffic flow
Good traffic flow isn't just for parties. Buyers want that in their everyday lives, too.
With one house, Collins "came around a corner and almost ran into a chair," she recalls. "That's a big no-no."
The rule: "You don't want anything that's going to keep people from feeling that they can move through an area."
So look at the room in terms of creating easy-to-navigate, open pathways. You want to represent a home that makes potential buyers feel comfortable -- not one that feels cramped or claustrophobic.
And if that means getting rid of some of the pieces, that's OK, too, Collins says.
"The way space is arranged has such power over people," she says.