Bonus rooms are great, aren’t they? You can actually tell how wonderful these spaces are from their name. There’s a reason “bonus” precedes “room” in their title, after all.
While your bonus room might be one of the leading reasons you purchased your current home, the space may cause confusion among potential buyers when you decide to sell. If you’re selling your home or plan to put it on the market soon, learning how to stage a bonus room can help future buyers envision what to do with the space.
What to Do With a Bonus Room When Selling
Even if you have the ability to see a space and envision all of its many possibilities, not everyone has the same enviable capability. For this reason, it’s often wise to stage a bonus room if you’re preparing to sell your residence. How do you stage your bonus room exactly, though? Here are some ideas.
1. Consider Potential Buyers
The first step toward staging a bonus room so that potential buyers will see the space as a plus is to talk to your real estate agent. Your agent will tell you about the people who are most likely to have an interest in purchasing your home. Based on this information, you can stage your bonus room so that it will appeal to onlookers.
If families will have the greatest interest in your home, for example, you can stage your bonus room so that it has a play area and a large screen television for family movie nights. Prospective buyers may want to rent out bonus rooms that have their own entrances, too. If your bonus room has a private entrance, you can stage the space as a studio apartment instead.
2. Make the Room’s Purpose Clear
While your bonus room may be equal parts guest bedroom, craft area and fitness center, a space that’s a catchall will confuse potential buyers. Whether you stage your bonus room as a kids’ play area, a spare bedroom, a man cave or an entertainment hub, it’s vital that you make the room’s purpose clear. By defining your bonus room’s purpose through relevant staging, it will be easier for visitors to see themselves using the space and identify alternative uses for the room.
3. Don’t Overlook the Details
If you overlook the details involved with staging your bonus room, space may not make the powerful impression you hoped it would.
The point of staging a room is to enable people to see themselves using the space. If you stage your bonus room as an entertainment area, leave a bottle of wine and corkscrew on the bar so onlookers can imagine themselves enjoying an adult beverage with their friends. Are you going to stage your bonus room as a crafting studio? Leave a nearly finished craft on your table along with a prominently positioned crafting tool or two, so it appears you were recently working in the space.
If you’re going to sell your home, you need a partner you can trust to help stage and sell your home. And that’s what you’ll get with us — partners you can rely on for all your real estate needs. Contact CENTURY 21 Core Partners to schedule a consultation with us today.