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Kids Rooms are Key in Selling in Family Neighborhood

by Debra Gould
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If you’re selling a three or four bedroom house in a family neighborhood, it’s important to show kid’s rooms, even if there are no longer young children living in the house. It doesn’t take much to create the look and it’s an important part in romancing the target market for the home.

Home buyers have less imagination than you might think. That’s why home staging can make such a difference in the selling price of a home and the length of time it takes to sell.

When a couple with a young family walks through a childless home, it’s hard for them to imagine how their own family will live there. Questions come up like:

  • Are the bedrooms appropriate for their kids?
  • Where will they play?

kid's room before staging

kid's bedroom after staging

There were no actual children living in this house which had been purchased to renovate and resell. Family homes sell better when they are shown with rooms for children. Six Elements uses rental furniture and props to create the right ambiance, even when no real children live in the home being sold.

Professional home stagers always keep the target market of a house in mind when staging. This helps paint a picture for the potential buyer by staging the house the way it would be lived in by them. With minimal furnishings and a few props, it’s easy to show a child’s bedroom!

Learn more about how Six Elements can help you when it’s time to decorate your house to sell.

Debra Gould, President Six Elements Inc.

Debra Gould, President Six Elements Inc.

Internationally recognized Home Staging expert Debra Gould president of Six Elements will supercharge the appeal of any property. If you’re looking to profit in the real estate market, your best investment may be a ‘decorate to sell’ consultation with Debra.

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Calgary Realtor June 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I love this article, thanks for posting. I usually have my clients leave the kids rooms and just tidy them up the best they can. Your article now enforces what I have been telling them all along.:)

Debra Gould June 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Calgary Realtor, glad you liked it! By the way, if you want any content related to staging for your own real estate website let me know.

JC March 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I spent a TON of $$ with a very reputable local staging firm, did all of their recommendations, used their hand-picked realtor, moved out of the house so that it would constantly be show-ready, everything possible. NO SALE!!! If I had it to do over again, I would NOT stage!

Debra Gould March 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience JC and I’m sorry you didn’t have better success. There are many variables that go into the sale of a home. I can understand your frustration when you feel like you’ve done everything “right.”

You seem to have assumed staging was a waste of money, but if it didn’t sell with staging, it’s unlikely that it would have sold without it.

Don’t throw the “baby out with the bathwater” when you decide to put it back on the market, and please consider the other factors that influence how fast a home sells. Your comments have inspired me to write a post specifically on this, which I hope will help you!

Debra Gould March 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

JC, I wrote an article to address the many reasons you may have ended up in this unfortunate situation. You can check it out here:

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