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Preparing your child's room when marketing your home.

By
Home Stager

 

When preparing your Burlington Home for sale, you must address your chid's spaces as well as the rest of the house.

This means walking a fine line between a model home look and a family home. You want it impersonal enough to allow the buyer to see themselves there while keeping it warm.

You also have to consider the age of the child. Let's face it a very young child cannot understand what is going on ... what moving means. They only know that things are changing around them.

A child of about six can grasp the concept of moving. They can look at their new room in the new house and look forward to it.

 

So how do you Stage a child's room?

Do keep the cutsies! You want that feeling of 'wouldn't our  son or daughter love this room' as soon as they step in.

Do keep it tidy and decluttered! Whether you are talking about a play room or a bedroom, it needs to show off its space.

I'm sure there are toys that have been outgrown or forgotten about. Pack these away first. Sometimes it is best to do this while the child is asleep, at daycare or school.

Make sure the child knows these items are being packed for their new house ... not thrown out ... if the child is helping choose what will go.

Does your child have their name on the wall of their room? Will their name end up on the MLS with your address? Will this picture also show their approximate age? You might want to consider taking it down while you sell.

Is there a photo of your child in their space? Will that end up on the Internet with your address. Family photos are usually removed so they do not distract the buyer's focus from themselves and their lifestyle. It applies in a child's room too.

Remember, the goal is to prepare the room without upsetting your young child.

 

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Retired Home Stager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments(10)

Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ
EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD

Some great tips to pass onto sellers when preparing their home.  Thanks for sharing.

Nov 16, 2012 12:16 AM
Winston Heverly
Coldwell Banker Access Realty - South Macon, GA
GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA

This perhaps could be a draw back, but I think something that can be overlooked if it is neat or kept in order. To many times there is to many things in a room and will not show well.

Nov 16, 2012 12:17 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Thanks Edward and Celia! It can be a tricky process.

Nov 16, 2012 12:17 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

No need to make it look like it's "untouchable" when the home is occupied, just need to make it look like someone "cares".

Nov 16, 2012 01:54 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Winston, it is important to edit the space if possible so that the space shows well.

Nov 16, 2012 07:57 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Exactly Roger!

Nov 16, 2012 07:57 AM
Alicia Barrington
THE ORIGINAL HOUSTON HOME STAGING - Katy, TX
Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington

We generally don't do too much to a child's room.   The house is generally 'sold' long before the buyers reach the kids room.   As much as we love our kids, when it comes to buying a house, most parents just peek in the room, make sure it isn't on fire, and then declare it perfectly acceptable.

Kid's decor becomes important when the parents bring their kids for a second showing: Mommy, Mommy, this is my room... How can you not buy the house, when the kid has picked out their new bedroom because the seller's kids have a decor that the buyer's kids covet?

Nov 16, 2012 09:30 PM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Tom, The key areas of the home are important. It's always good to get that emotional attachment from the future young owner :).

Nov 16, 2012 11:30 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Janice,

This is great advice for homesellers! I've always loved it when showing a home to a young family who have a little girl and boy and there are ready-made bedrooms just waiting for them, complete with the little girl and little boy decor. The kids get so excited.

Jo

Nov 18, 2012 09:51 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Thanks Jo! Yes, getting that emotional attachment through the senses is important. They have to 'see' themselves living there.

Nov 18, 2012 11:14 PM