Staging Your Child’s Room: 7 Tips to Make Prospective Buyers Feel at Home
When selling your home, keep in mind that potential buyers typically want to see a clean, uncluttered space, says Tori Toth, best-selling author of “Feel at Home: Home Staging Secrets for a Quick and Easy Sell.” But that may be challenging if you have kids. These seven tips for staging your children’s rooms may help increase your home’s appeal to prospective buyers.
Tip 1: Look at the room with “buyer’s eyes.”Before you put your home on the market, you may want to try to avoid as many potential complaints as possible by making small cosmetic repairs, Toth says. Kids’ rooms especially can wear down quickly, she notes. She suggests adding a fresh coat of paint to scuffed walls and cleaning or replacing stained carpeting.
Tip 2: Make sure the bed fits the space.Bunk beds are fun, but you may want to consider the height of the ceiling before showing a room with them, says Margaret Schaffer, founder and lead stylist at home-staging company Restyle Home. If the room has a lower ceiling, bunk beds may make the space look cramped. Swapping bunk beds for a daybed with a trundle may make the room look more inviting, Schaffer says.
Tip 3: Give them room to play.Schaffer recommends embracing the spirit of a child’s room and showcasing different activities they enjoy, like playing with a dollhouse or a building-block set. Prospective buyers with children may want to see that there’s enough space in the room for playtime. A rug or corner staged with a few toys or games, or even a small play table and chairs, space permitting, can go a long way, Schaffer says.
Tip 4: Consider including a desk for homework.As children start progressing through school, they’ll likely need some space that’s dedicated to studying, Schaffer says. When staging, she recommends helping prospective buyers envision the use of the space by including items such as a small desk with some storage space, a sturdy lamp and easily accessible outlets.
Tip 5: Find kid-friendly storage solutions.Decluttering your child’s room can be a big task. To help make sure all belongings have a designated home, Toth suggests putting bins under the bed or installing shelves to help spruce up blank walls and showcase items like stuffed animals, books and trophies. You may also want to hang hooks to hold your child’s sports equipment and backpack.
Tip 6: Themed rooms are OK, but keep it simple.Kids’ rooms often have the flexibility to have a more playful look than the rest of the house, and that may include giving the room a theme, like race cars, flowers or animals. But if you choose to go that route, don’t overdo it, warns broker associate Jodi Slutzky, as prospective buyers’ tastes may differ from your own.Instead, Slutzky suggests painting the walls of a child’s room a neutral shade like gray or white, then accenting with a palette of two or three other colors. Stage the room with pillows, bedding, curtains and decor in these accent colors to help create a themed look that may have mass appeal, she says.
Tip 7: Include three light sources.Regardless of how cute the decor, a kid’s room typically won’t be appealing if it’s dark and shadowy, Toth says. She advises having three sources of light. Start by making the most of natural light and keeping curtains open during a showing. Then add a combination of a desk lamp, bedside table lamp, floor lamp, overhead light or string lights to make the room really shine.