Blog Education Shop Talk Vol. 6: Staging Bonus Spaces for Added Value

Shop Talk Vol. 6: Staging Bonus Spaces for Added Value

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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Over the course of their professional partnership, Aryne + Dulcinea have helped over 200 clients prosper in their new lives. During this time, they have prided themselves in their top-notch selling abilities, with homes outperforming market standards, consistently exceeding list price while most of their listings sell in under 7 days. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching your real estate goals.

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Aryne + Dulcinea are full-service, high-producing agents, who understand how to navigate the unique challenges facing the Portland real estate market. The secret to their success is in their professionalism and complementary skill sets. In 2012, Aryne + Dulcinea saw an opportunity to combine their creative and technical wisdom to create a values-driven, full-service agency unlike any other. Expert negotiators and project management mavens with a strong background in creative marketing, Aryne + Dulcinea serve as fierce advocates for their clients. 

Their passion for real estate relates closely to their commitment to the Portland way of life, which entails a dedication to sustainability and appreciation for all things local. As Earth Advantage Brokers and ADU Certified Specialists, Aryne + Dulcinea are savvy in all aspects of alternative living practices—from versatile housing additions, green building practices, and revenue-generating strategies. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching you real estate goals.

Aryne greets working with clients throughout Portland with open arms. Licensed since 2005, she appreciates the ever shifting desires her clients have as they move through their real estate goals. Investigative genius on her side, Aryne will strive to bring you the results you desire.  When not working for you, Aryne is a constant cheerleader for her son and daughter’s pursuits on the basketball court and on the ballet stage! She practices yoga, hikes, loves to walk and explore Portland neighborhoods, reads, and delights in soaking up everything Portland has to offer! 

Dulcinea thrives on working with clients with a range of real estate goals.  Oregon born, with a design and an award-winning professional background, Dulcinea is steadfast when it comes to working for her clients and has a keen eye for properties that best serve client objectives. Licensed since 2013, Dulcinea works in and around Portland.  A mother of two and wife to her high school sweetie—in her free time she stays busy with her family, travel, community activism, exploring the outdoors, curating art shows, and dreaming big!

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