By Aryne + Dulcinea, September 17, 2018
In the housing market, bonus rooms – multipurpose spaces in addition to your home’s designated bedrooms and living spaces – can be a major draw for homebuyers. Deciding how to best present the space can leave many sellers scratching their heads. But, with a well-executed staging plan, bonus rooms can transform an ambiguous space into a place of wonder. Here are some key factors to take into consideration when staging bonus spaces:
- Create possibilities. One of the most important aspects of home staging is to create an ambiance that feels both welcoming and full of potential. Instead of leaning too hard into a single concept, allow bonus spaces to feel flexible. So rather than investing money to construct built-ins or add fixed features, work with a staging specialist to create a design and layout which invites potential buyers to envision their own dream space.
- Cater your market. Prior to staging bonus spaces, become familiar with what features are desirable to buyers in your market and highlight the possibility of those amenities accordingly. For example, in more suburban area largely populated by families, a study space or kid’s playroom is a likely to appeal to buyers. In urban markets where space is limited, staging a multifunctional space that provides additional storage is incredibly likely to improve the value of the property.
- Address the awkward.Larger bonus rooms often come with a couple of quirks. If your converted attic has a section with low-sloping ceiling, for example, it’s important to find a clear purpose for the space. By adding design features, sitting areas, or storage functionality to these awkward areas helps to create a narrative for the buyer. In doing so, you can reframe these quirks as features, rather than drawbacks.
By thoughtfully staging bonus spaces in your home for the benefit of potential buyers, you can increase the marketability of your property. If you’re looking to sell a home, speak with Aryne + Dulcinea to learn more about optimizing your space for the market.
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