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Staging Children's Rooms For Home Sales

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By : Rachel Vanderveen    99 or more times read
It has been said that the two of the most important tenets of staging your home for sale are that there can be no evidence of pets in the home, and that there can be no evidence of children in the home except in their rooms. This means that all of their toys, games, stuffed animals, and the like have to be removed from the main areas and placed into their rooms. This can be quite the challenge as many parents would find themselves piling children's paraphernalia up to the roof in their children's room.

There is a simple way to determine what a child's room should look like before you place your house on the market, and it all starts with creating a focal point and building out from there. Creating a focal point can be easy and fun. Find the place in the room where you would like the buyer's eye to naturally rest. If there is a view, choose the window. If the room is larger than normal, choose the bed. If the room is smaller than normal, choose an area on the wall.

Whatever place you pick, you'll need to create a subtle feeling of calm, but not so dull that the buyer forgets about it. It's always best to stick with neutral colours in every room of the staged house, but small exceptions can be made in children's rooms where the use of light pastel colours can be used sparingly. If you want to highlight a view from the window, choose an exciting window treatment, but make sure it's opened wide for showing. Perhaps you have two beds in a child's room. You could take some of their baby shoes and arrange them in an esthetically-pleasing pattern on the wall between the beds.

Once the focal point is set, the rest of the room should sparkle. Outside of having your focal point, bed, nightstand, and dresser, the decision to have any other piece of furniture in the room should be sharply questioned. If it doesn't contribute to the feel of airy spaciousness, move it somewhere else in the home where it can serve a better purpose, store it, chuck it, or sell it. The less furniture we have, the more space there appears to be.

If your child has shelves with multiple books or stuffed animals, consider removing all but one of the stuffed animals, and all but a few of the books. The nightstand should be equally as spacious, and should not have more than a simple night lamp, and perhaps a book or two neatly stacked. You might even wish to have a look at furniture catalogues to get inspiration. Large home decor centres often have ideas for kids' rooms on their websites.

Lastly, a child's room tends to take on a mysterious odour of its own. Plug in a vanilla air-freshener and open the window for some fresh air where possible. Be sure the carpet is freshly steam cleaned, and of course remove any of your child's personal touches (wall drawings with crayons, stickers, decorative light switch covers) from the walls and/or ceiling.

Staging isn't always easy, and your child probably will feel a bit unsettled without familiar surroundings. The best bet is to stage your child's room gradually so that there is an opportunity to acclimatize to the new changes as you make them. Good luck!
Partners in life, love, and work, Rachel and Clint Vanderveen are Calgary real estate agents who understand their clients and make every effort to meet all their clients' real estate needs. Visit for cutting-edge advice on Calgary homes and condos for sale or to learn more about these committed Christian real estate agents.

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