Selling a home while you are living in it can be a challenge, and even more so if you have children. Home staging will help make your home as appealing as possible to buyers, even when you’re living in it, by shifting the focus away from the current homeowners and onto the possibilities for potential buyers.
One of the most important aspects of home staging is to make a home appeal to the widest range of buyers possible. While some buyers may appreciate the special décor in your kids’ rooms, many may not. Offering up a blank canvas will help any buyer who walks in imagine how they will use the space rather than getting caught up in how the current family lives there.
Follow these tips for kids’ bedroom staging to help you sell your home faster and for more money.
Kids Bedroom Staging Tips
Declutter and keep it organized
Like any other space in your home, it’s important to declutter your kids’ rooms before putting it on the market. It’s a good time to start packing up some of their things ahead of the move. Clear out as much as you can so the room and closet look more spacious. Not only does this make the room look more appealing, but it also gives you a jumpstart on your packing.
Depending on the age of your child, it may be a bit confusing to them to pack up some of their belongings while you’re still living there. To help make them more comfortable, let them help pick out their favorite clothes and toys to keep out until you move. Introduce a good organizing system, too, to keep it clean for showings.
Paint the walls in a neutral color
While kids’ rooms with bold colors and imaginative murals are fun, they can be unappealing to buyers without kids (or kids of different ages or tastes). Their first thought will be the investment of changing the décor. To avoid this issue, paint the room in a neutral color so any buyer can imagine their own décor in its place.
Remove kids-themed details
Once you’ve neutralized the color palette, it’s time to remove other decorative details, such as special princess-themed light switch covers or an airplane-themed ceiling fan. Save these things for the next home.
Don’t advertise your children’s names
For safety reasons, it’s smart to get rid of any mention of your child’s name in their bedroom. Strangers will be touring your home, so for your child’s privacy, put away anything that displays their name such as wall art or bedding. It will also make things less personal so buyers won’t get distracted by the uncomfortable feeling of touring a stranger’s personal space and instead can focus on imagining their life there.
Put away photographs, artwork, and awards
It’s also important to de-personalize in other ways by putting away photographs, artwork, awards, and certifications. This tip applies to all areas of the home so that buyers don’t get distracted by the current homeowner’s life in there. Their focus should be on the home, not the people that live in it.