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5 Ideas for Staging the Extra Room in Your House

Have an extra room in your house that you don’t know how to stage? We look at how home sellers can make the most use of such a room to have maximum impact on buyers.
Have an extra room in your house that you don’t know how to stage? We look at how home sellers can make the most use of such a room to have maximum impact on buyers.

Most homeowners have some idea of how they want to stage the living room and bedroom while selling their house. But there’s more to a house than those primary rooms. It’s especially hard to know how to go about staging an extra room that has probably gone unused for a while.

But there’s good news. Having an extra room in your house gives you the ability to stage it depending on what buyers in your area are looking for. Here’s what you need to know about staging extra rooms and how you can go about creating additional space in the house if you need to.

What Are Buyers Looking For?

An extra room in the house is a blank slate. You could turn it into any kind of room you want when showing your home. If you do decide to stage in a particular way, it’s important to ask yourself what buyers in your area are looking for. The needs of your target demographic should dictate how you go about presenting the extra room in your house.

For example, if you’re selling to families, you could turn the extra space into an additional bedroom. If you’re marketing to young professionals, on the other hand, consider staging the extra room as a home office.

It’s easier to decide what to do with the extra room in your house if you know who you’re targeting and what they’re looking for.

Use Extra Furniture in the House

A room that’s left empty or just for storage could be a little bit of an eyesore if you’re trying to sell your house. Even if you don’t stage the room as something like a home office, you could throw some furniture or decorative elements in there to spruce up the place.

It can be costly to stage a house with rented furniture. It can cost as much as $600 per month to stage a single room. That doesn’t include the consultation fees if you decide to hire a professional stager.

One of the ways you can cut costs is by staging the extra room with the extra furniture you already have around the house. This can be a worthwhile undertaking since it forces you to declutter your other rooms while also giving you furniture that you can use to stage the extra room.

Basements Are Versatile

Basements are often disregarded when homeowners are staging a house for sale. This means that tend to be left incomplete — sometimes with exposed concrete or chipped walls. There is a lot you can do with a basement if you decide to treat it as one of the extra rooms in your house.

The least you should do is paint the basement in a neutral color to brighten the space up a little bit. If basements are used primarily for storage in your area, you can put in new carpeting or sturdier flooring material. If you want to go the extra mile, you can turn the basement into a small gym or media center to really impress potential buyers.

Finishing your basement can be a good idea while preparing for a sale. Most discerning buyers will want to look at the basement since it is often used as a storage space or additional room.

Outdoor Areas Count, Too

Sellers looking to make an impact on their target market can benefit from turning the outdoor areas like porches or pergolas into an “extra room.”

If you have a wooden deck outside, stage it with outdoor furniture like an outdoor dining room. Similarly, you could convert a part of the backyard into a fire pit. You can make the area seem like an additional “room” using outdoor lighting and furniture. Identifying ways to make good use of the extra spaces can make for a quicker sale.

Don’t Feel Pressure to Stage Every Room

Home sellers shouldn’t feel the pressure to stage every room of the house or assign a role to erstwhile bonus rooms. Sometimes it’s okay to market an extra room as just that — an extra room. Some buyers like the option of having an additional area that they can transform as they please based on their interests or needs.

Although you don’t necessarily have to stage a room that you’re positioning this way, it’s still important to make it presentable. Keep all the extra rooms in the house tidy just as you would important rooms like the kitchen or bedrooms. Dust tends to be more evident in unused rooms so you may have to pay more attention to them while cleaning the house during a sale.

Working with a real estate agent is a good way to figure out what you should do with the extra rooms in your house. Real estate agents know what buyers are looking for and can help you make decisions based on the demographics you’re targeting with the sale.

Clever Partner Agents are full-service real estate agents who help home sellers stage their homes and negotiate the best possible price for them. Partner Agents charge just $3,000 for homes over $150,000 or 1% in commissions for homes over $350,000. And you only pay your agent when the home sells.

Contact Clever to find a Partner Agent in your city who can help stage your house and sell it for top dollar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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