Getting Your Family Room Ready for Market

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Family rooms can be one of the most fun and busiest rooms in a household. It’s where everyone gathers to play games, make arts and crafts, watch television, listen to music and play with toys. It’s also the type of place that accumulates a lot of stuff, and if you’re selling a home and haven’t cleared out the family room, it’s time to get going.

Over the years, old toys, board games, craft supplies, coloring books and all sorts of things can accumulate, stuffing shelves and storage areas beyond their capacity. But a family or play room doesn’t need to be messy. Following these steps can make your recreation area appealing while keeping it a place for family members to relax and enjoy themselves.  You want to make your home stand out to the buyers coming to visit so roll up your sleeves and start decluttering! 

It’s not fun and games now that you are about to go on the market: Board games are a great way for families to bond but take a look at those games you have. There are probably games you haven’t played in years, and others with worn-out boxes. Getting rid of games that aren’t being used is a great way to clear out the clutter. Instead of throwing them away, offer them to friends or relatives who have kids, or donate them to a local preschool.

That was entertainment in the 80s - but not now!  DVDs and CDs were a staple of family rooms for a long time, and you likely have accumulated many of them over the years. Get rid of DVDs your kids have outgrown and others you simply don’t plan on watching. In this age of streaming, you don’t need a giant stack of DVD boxes dominating a room. Same with CDs, which are becoming downright old-fashioned in the digital era. Places to donate these items include daycares, senior centers and libraries.

Clear out the toys: Lots of toys go unused for years, and there are probably a lot of broken playthings in your kids’ toy chest. Get rid of toys the kids haven’t touched in years. Throw out broken ones and donate those that are in good condition.

Clean up and tidy up: Now that you’ve gotten rid of all this stuff you don’t need, it’s time to freshen up your family space. Dust and vacuum, of course, but also organize. For storage, invest in bins and shelving and keep things neat—toys in one area, board games on shelves, etc. In the TV area, cut down on unsightly wires by discarding video game consoles that aren’t being used. Also, if streaming is dominating your TV watching, you may not even need a DVD player in the room anymore.

In the end, you’ll have a space that will appeal to buyers, a place where they can imagine making their own special memories as a family.


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  2. Roy Kelley 06/13/2019 01:00 AM
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

A lot of great advice here Lise Howe - Detaching from these items is the biggest challenge.  Sometimes, you may pick up a DVD or game and remember a family night during Xmas that the whole family enjoyed it.  Then it goes back in the stack instead of the donate pile! 

You brought focus to an area that needs attention brought to it! 

May 21, 2019 04:12 PM #1
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lise good advice.  These are all simple things to do, but are very important.

May 21, 2019 04:21 PM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I just met with someone who is putting the house on the market - I had seen pictures of the house the last time it was on the market - OMG - I gave them the pep talk about making their home look like HGTV - so important to declutter

May 21, 2019 04:32 PM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

George Souto - thanks for your comments - it is so important to get the house into order 

May 21, 2019 04:33 PM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Lise Howe - wow, really struck a cord with those old DVD holders.

May 21, 2019 08:00 PM #5
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lise awesome advice and those who listen and take your advice will have their home sold faster and for more money than those who do not listen, Endre

May 21, 2019 10:43 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Lise.

Sage advice if only people would listen.  I had to cancel a listing, because the owner would not clean up anything.  It would have sold fast if he did.  Pity

May 22, 2019 02:59 AM #7
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lise Howe we all know "the eye buys" and those eyes need to see "space"....workable space.... every potential buyer has his/her own idea of how to use a room.... some can't imagine it without seeing "space"...

May 22, 2019 03:04 AM #8
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Whatever the room...allow space for imagination....too much U and not enough THEM rarely works.

May 22, 2019 03:40 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great advice, Lise, that when you sell your home you can't keep treating the family room as a "catch all" for everything, which I see many families do.

May 22, 2019 04:36 AM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lise - definitely not all fun and games!  Preparing a home for sale is about dotting those "i"s and crossing the "t"s.  Your helpful reminder is a good guide to ensure a family room shows off in the best possible light.  

May 22, 2019 04:38 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share with prospective home sellers.

May 22, 2019 04:50 AM #12
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Thank you Roy Kelley - I always appreciate your support and kind words

May 22, 2019 05:01 AM #13
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Lise. This is so thoughtful and the transformation inredible. Talk about value added.

May 22, 2019 06:51 AM #14
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

These are wonderful tips for getting a family room ready. I admit I still use my CDs, but they are in a movable storage unit, which makes it easy to hide them out of site if needed.

Jun 13, 2019 03:09 AM #15
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Hi Lise Howe These are great tips of getting the family room ready for the market. I will send thi post to my husband he has lots of CD's that he refuses to get rid of. Lol

Jun 13, 2019 10:36 AM #16
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

Very good point, I can forget some families and their particular living room ... a complete war zone (lol) thank you for sharing.

Jun 20, 2019 03:11 AM #17
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