Getting Your Family Room Ready for Market

Reblogger Barbara Todaro
Services for Real Estate Pros with RE/MAX Executive Realty 104763

Usable space is important to all potential buyers.... let them see it!!!  "the eye buys".....

Original content by Lise Howe 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.

If you are looking for a home in the DC metro area, you know there is more to the process than just picking a property and making an offer. You need to find the best location for your wants and needs, get a great price, and work with a lender who will make your life easier - not harder.  Trust your search with a Realtor who is licensed in DC, MD and VA and really knows the city and all its secret neighborhoods.

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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 #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Barbara. After reading Lise's post, glad we have completed the downsize phase and no longer have a family room. Enjoy your day!

May 22, 2019 05:56 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Barbara - I just read Lise Howe 's very important post.  The eyes buys and it is not looking for thre 80's.

May 22, 2019 06:05 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great choice for a reblog!  I know that Lise Howe knows her stuff, I am heading over to her post now to comment.

May 22, 2019 06:20 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Barbara. What a terrific blog to share. The pictures make it meaningful too.

May 22, 2019 06:49 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good afternoon Barbara, 

What a great blog to share with again with all of us.  Thank you . A

May 22, 2019 09:23 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Barbara excellent reblog of Lise Howe blog on this subject.  Learn something everyday here in the rain.


May 22, 2019 11:59 AM #7
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Thanks, everyone, for your nice comments.... they're always appreciated.... 

May 22, 2019 12:53 PM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Barbara I saw this post the other day and indeed it is Re-blog worthy from our friend Lise Howe 

May 22, 2019 11:28 PM #9
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Barbara.

I saw this the other day.  Sage advice from apparently someone who has been there seen that

May 23, 2019 02:21 AM #10
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Thank you so much for the reposting - I am always honored whenever anyone reposts anything I wrote but particularly from you! 

May 23, 2019 05:42 AM #11
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