Tuesday, October 11, 2022 / by Abigail Smith
Stage A Nursery Or Home Office – Which One Attracts Potential Buyers
Your home is going on the market, and it means getting everything ready for at least one open house. Clutter is put away, and family photos are carefully stored away. Even the kitchen junk drawer is organized for the first time in years. Couch pillows are fluffed, and the home has plenty of curb appeal. All that’s left is to decide what to do with the nursery.
Not every potential buyer needs or wants a nursery. They may see it as a waste of space, finding it difficult to envision the room as anything else. Your nursery can appeal to a smaller group of buyers, primarily those planning on starting families. However, the work industry is changing with more employees working from home.
Staging an office instead of a nursery can help your home appeal to a larger selection of buyers, and it doesn’t take a lot of time or money.
Get Rid of the Clutter
Babies collect an amazing assortment of clothes, toys, and accessories before they are ready to switch from the crib to a toddler bed. Don’t shove the stroller and other baby gear in the closet or garage. You may need to find temporary storage at a family member's home or rent a short-term unit.
Disassemble the crib or move it to another room if it has space. Don’t forget about taking out the changing table. You can probably leave an adult-size rocking chair behind, along with a dresser.
Take a Look at the Walls
Neutral colors are trendy in nurseries, and the calming tones work great in home office spaces. If your nursery walls are a bright color, it’s time to update the look.
Think of warm beiges and similar tones. You also want to look for any decals on the walls. You and your baby may love the animal scenes, but it doesn't go in a home office. Depending on the size and location of the decals, you may be able to hide them behind some furniture.
Find a Desk and a Few Other Items
Every home office has some type of desk. It doesn’t have to be brand new from a high-end furniture retailer. You can move an existing desk into the space, but make sure it is age appropriate. The one your middle schooler is using probably won’t work in a home office for adults.
Adding some books or inexpensive decorative objects will make the space more appealing to potential buyers. You may also want to add some greenery like a table or floor plant. If the nursery’s rocking chair is appropriate for business use, adding a couple of pillows or draping a throw across the back will make the office more inviting.
Lighting is Key
Natural lighting is always a plus in any space. Take down any heavy curtains and open up the blinds. Some nurseries have themed curtains, it’s time to remove them. You can always hang them back up after the open house.
Look for neutral-tone window treatments like gauzy curtains that allow for plenty of light to come in. A desk or floor lamp is another item you don’t want to forget. Some nurseries have ceiling fans, don’t forget to wipe the blades down.
Get More Home Staging Ideas From a Realtor
Your home’s first impression is crucial inside and out. There’s a lot to consider and accomplish before the big day.
Talk to your realtor about home staging ideas for offices and other spaces. Realtors stay on top of the latest trends and can give you an idea of what buyers are looking for in a home.