If you’re like most people selling a loft or condo in DTLA, you know it’s going to be tough to stage it – and it might be a little tougher if you have kids.
Use these three tips to stage your space when you have children – you might find them incredibly helpful.
3 Tips for Staging Your Home When You Have Kids
Here’s the deal. Home-staging is all about psychology. If a prospective buyer thinks that your home isn’t staged well (or worse, that it’s not clean), they’re going to form an overall unfavorable impression of your space.
Use these tips for staging your home when you have kids:
- Send the big stuff to storage
- Pick up all the small stuff
- Check for fingerprints
Let’s take a closer look at each of these.
#1. Send the big stuff to storage.
Large toys – think doll houses, big race car tracks and play sets that look like a miniaturized adult kitchen – can make the kids’ rooms look a lot smaller than they really are. In addition to making sure everything’s picked up and put in its proper place, you also have to pack away the big toys.
Think about what your child uses every day. Keep those items and send the rest to storage while your loft or condo is on the market. The main idea here is to showcase the roominess of your child’s bedroom so that people feel the space is large enough for their own purposes.
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#2. Pick up all the small stuff.
Little toys can take over a room – especially little toys that your kids don’t even play with. (Happy Meal toys? Really?) You don’t have to throw them all out, but it’s a good idea to go through what your children have before you list your home for sale. That way, you can sort through the things they use, the things they don’t use, and the things they’ve definitely outgrown. Everything that they’ve outgrown or just don’t play with needs to go!
Once you’ve gotten rid of the things your kids have outgrown, it’s time to sort through what they play with every day and what they only play with occasionally. Occasional toys need to go into storage until you move into your new home – only keep out what they play with every day.
Then, get containers and shelving if you don’t already have good places to put things away.
#3. Check for fingerprints.
Before a showing, think of all the places little (and sometimes sticky) fingers could’ve gone. Check the doorknobs, the light switches, mirrors, windows and the refrigerator door handle. Give everything a quick wipe-down if possible.
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