Sunday, March 24, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Buyers Love a staged home whether you're living in it or not. Zillow researches state that more than half of buyers said that having a home staged was somewhat, very, or extremely important to their home-buying decision. And 68 percent of recent buyers said the same thing about having the home empty or free of the seller’s belongings. Consider these tips for staging your home when you have kids.
Staging a house with kids
Remove baby gear. Eliminate highchairs, bathtub toys, and diaper changing stations, which can be large and distracting.
Take toys out of rooms that are not the playroom or a child’s bedroom — no more toys in the living room, office, or dining room.
Stage your playroom according to potential buyers. Live in a kid-friendly neighborhood with great schools? Stage your playroom in a way that appeals to kids of all ages. Not sure about your potential buyers? Stage the playroom in a generic way that suggests it’s a great space even if you don’t have kids, such as an entertainment room, game room or home theater.
Staging kids’ rooms to sell
Home buyers search for houses based on the number of bedrooms on a listing, with the average single-family home in the U.S. having three bedrooms. It’s important that every room that’s technically a bedroom in your listing is staged as a bedroom.
In smaller rooms, a twin-sized bed will do the trick and can make even small bedrooms seem spacious. Avoid bunk beds if at all possible — they can make even larger bedrooms seem cramped, or draw attention to low ceiling height. Here are a few recommendations for successful bedroom staging.
1. Keep the essentials.
Keep a bed, dresser, and bedside table are all you need. If a room is clearly a nursery, it’s fine to keep a changing table and rocking chair.
2. Remove unnecessary items that may be cluttering up the floor space.
That includes things like play tables, dollhouses, bean bags, tents, play kitchens, and baby gear.
3. Keep the decor simple.
Opt for neutral paint, no wallpaper, and no playful touches like decorative light switches. Of course, some kid-friendly flourishes like throw pillows are fine. You just don’t want to give buyers the impression that there will be a lot of updating required to make the space usable as anything other than a kid’s bedroom.
4. Don’t decorate for one gender.
Gender-neutral paint colors and decor are a plus for buyers with kids.
5. Avoid kid-themed rooms.
Your child might love their pirate, rainbow, or dinosaur-themed room, but buyers may not. Paint over murals, take down wallpaper, and swap in basic bedding.
6. Add lighting.
Include several different types of light in bedrooms — think an overhead light, desk lamp, and bedside lamp. Also, always remember to open the blinds or curtains.
Pare down toys throughout the house
Any parent will tell you that keeping control of their kids’ toys is a challenge, even when their house isn’t for sale. When your home is on the market, it’s even more important to keep a handle on all their toys. You certainly don't want a potential buyer walking through a minefield of legos!
For more tips on preparing your home for sale please let me know. I would love to help and share my experience with you.
Haven Real Estate group