By Jed MacArthur, Realtor, RE/MAX of Boulder
Article published in the Daily Camera on February 22, 2019 in the atHome section
The No. 1 reason home buyers purchase a home is to get more living space. In fact, in a recent survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage, 66 percent of millennials say more space is the top reason for purchasing a home.
That’s ample rationale to make the most of your home's bonus space when you plan to sell. Simple staging can turn that large landing or extra room into a space that declares, “Great Lifestyle!”. Your home sale will benefit from the impression of extra value.
With staging your bonus space in mind, consider these tips from Realtor.com on how to bring that nook or room to life.
1. Make rooms single-purpose
Don’t make the mistake of combo rooms. If you’re creating a quiet spot to draw or listen to music, don’t make it double as a workout room. Just pick a purpose and go for it for best results when selling.
2. Capitalize on the yoga craze
The number of people engaged in yoga and meditation is surging. Turning your bonus room into the ideal space to practice poses is sure to bring out the “Ohms” from buyers. Keep your décor simple with a yoga mat, comfy pillows, plants, and even a small water fountain. Or, go more fitness-heavy with a home gym. Just don’t put in so much exercise equipment that it makes your room feel small.
3. Get crafty
If you have a hobby, show it off with an attractive and well-organized space. Buyers value storage, and a hobby room is a great place to showcase clever cubbies and good lighting. You can go as simple as a long table and freestanding bookshelves to convey the idea of a purposeful bonus space.
4. Showcase your penchant for gaming
Today, playing video games is a major source of entertainment and socializing for people of all ages. Make your gaming space enviable with loads of electrical outlets for consoles or charging stations and gaming computers. Accommodate group play with three feet around every side of the table.
5. Make your home office a storage haven
Telecommuting is here to stay, which makes the home office a useful feature. Stage it creatively with tall storage, lots of shelving, a small seating area and stylish, effective lighting.
6. Go big with your closet
Walk-in closets are a must-have for today’s home buyer. If your master bedroom closet is not very large, consider transforming a bedroom into a to-die-for closet with dressing area. Give it tons of hanging and shoe space and storage drawers galore.
7. Stage your space authentically
However you decide to stage your space, be true to yourself. If you’re an empty nester, don’t stage a nursery or fake playroom. Pick one of your passions and create a space that’s clean and simple. It will make your home shine with possibilities and an aspirational lifestyle.
Read the full article at https://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/make-buyers-love-your-flex-space/
Read the full home buyers survey at http://newsroom.suntrust.com/2017-07-26-SunTrust-Survey-Mortgages-Are-Going-to-the-Dogs
About Jed MacArthur
Realtor Jed MacArthur joined RE/MAX of Boulder in 2005 and specializes in new developments and urban buyers. Jed studied architecture at the University of Kansas, and construction management and finance at Colorado State University. He works closely with builders and developers in Downtown Boulder and has served as a marketing associate for The Lofts at One Boulder Plaza, 1155 Canyon, Prospect New Town, and The Walnut. He has worked with investment properties and has a worldwide referral network. Jed specializes in all metro Boulder and Denver areas and has also sold homes as far south as Highlands Ranch and as far north as Fort Collins.