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Monday, March 18, 2019

Here's How to Show Off Your Bonus Room

Effectively staging a home requires more than placing an attractive couch in the corner with a stylish lamp by its side. Prospective buyers want to envision a life in your home, and decorating a room intentionally makes them imagine how they'll use the space themselves. When staging a bonus room, keep these tips to in mind to make potential buyers instantly fall in love with your home's additional space. 

Tidy Up the Place

Begin by decluttering the room, placing all personal belongings in closets or dressers if you haven’t already moved items to your new place. No one wants to see clothes or books thrown across the floor in a frenzy. So, get organized and do a proper cleaning before you invite buyers into your home to tour the place. 

Be Cohesive 

A bonus room can be used for many reasons, but you’ll want to stick with one theme to avoid confusion. Buyers will be confused if they happen upon a bonus room with a treadmill in one corner and a crib in another. Be cohesive with your décor to help give the room a clear purpose. After all, a bonus room offers space and privacy for specialized work and play. Create a library, workout room, or kids’ playroom—just don’t mix and match! 

Create a Private Gym

After a hectic day at work, come home to a private gym or peaceful yoga studio. If this sounds appealing to you, buyers will likely find the idea amusing too. Create a defined workout area with a water dispenser, area for towels, and workout equipment (if you have any). A yoga studio is also easy to construct by placing mats in the center of the room with warm lighting in a corner. Add a plant or two and comfy pillows to create a tranquil space.

 

Invest in Your Hobbies  

Having extra space is definitely a selling perk. With a landing on the second floor, basement, or an attic, you have plenty of room to complete that novel you’ve always talked about finishing or practice tricky yoga moves in privacy. With such a space, there’s no reason not to showcase your passion projects. If you get crafty (but still specific) with your design, you’ll inspire buyers to dive into their own hobbies in the extra space that's now available to them. 

Storage, Storage, and More Storage

Extra room can also be used for storing papers, books, and miscellaneous items. For this reason, your bonus room may best be used as an office. Design the ultimate workspace with a spacious desk, bookshelves, and cabinets. This is especially appealing for those who work from home or stay up late at night finishing projects. Whatever your own personal work style may be, you can appeal to buyers with a carefully constructed home office. 

Don’t Go Overboard

While we’re proponents of staging, we don’t recommend pretending to be a parent, artist, or yogi if you're not. Buyers will smell your dishonesty and think twice about your bonus room. Instead, showcase your room as you’ve used it, as long as it’s not cluttered and full of miscellaneous items. Opting for a clean, minimalist space is usually good enough. 

Be Proud of Your Bonus Room

Having extra space is attractive to buyers. Be proud of the room you’ve created, and show others why they should be excited to move into a home with a landing space or extra working alcove. With these tips and tricks, you’ll create a space prospective buyers can’t help but fall in love with. 


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