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Staging - Nursery in Loft Area?

We have a 3 br house with a loft. We have 3 kids, the older two of which are quite a few years apart, so they each have their own room and we've put the nursery in the loft area. 

My husband and I have been going back and forth about this - I feel like buyers will walk in and think there's not enough space and he thinks they will appreciate our creative use of the space.

Does anyone have any opinions or advice on whether or not we should clear out this area? 

Our options would be to move the baby into our oversized master or to temporarily move the two boys into the same room. I'm leaning towards the 2nd option.

Thanks!
  • June 20 2011 - McKinney
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The loft as a nursery is a great use of space for you, but for a buyer, I don't think it's the best way to show your space.

It looks as though you don't have enough space and you will need to move to a new home with 4 bedrooms ;~)   You don't want buyer to think about the home being to small already. 

I agree with your option 2.  The buyer does not care about how creatively you used the space.

I think a game room, computer room, study or anything other than a bedroom, because it isn't.  Your target buyer is someone looking for 3 bedrooms.  They will love the bonus space.

Good luck with your sale.
  • June 20 2011
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There is another option not mentioned here yet.

We often remodel loft areas into an additional bedroom (usually spurred by the arrival of a new baby!). I don't know the layout of your space, but this may be a possibility.

Start by consulting with your realtor. How does having a four-bedroom home weigh against comparable homes in the neighborhood? Will the return on your investment justify the remodeling expense?
 
This type of remodel is generally quick to do - adding walls and a closet, perhaps some additional lighting. Especially since you already have a home office downstairs, perhaps a fourth bedroom will increase your home's potential for a quick and profitable sale.

Obviously, not the cheapest option initially, but worth discussing with your realtor to see how much it will increase your home's value.

  • June 28 2011
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How about a variation on Option 2 - putting the two older boys in the same room, and moving the nursery to the third bedroom? I agree with the other responders that most buyers will think you won't have enough room if the nursery is in the loft. Transform the loft into a sitting room, home office, or play area for the older kids to show off its versatility; and stage each of the bedrooms as bedrooms since you only have three of them. If you need ideas or help with transforming the rooms, contact a professional stager; a consultation doesn't cost very much, and you'll get expert advice on how to make your home show at its very best!
  • June 28 2011
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I agree that it's best to pack up as much stuff as you possibly can and make the place look as roomy as possible. Double up on the boys for now and maybe ALSO put the baby in your room. This frees up space to create the much needed "home office" and a study/2nd area.  Everyone is right about the impression of the house is not big enough for 3 kids and you. However, remember, a lot of buyers won't have any kids or maybe just 1, so why not have your REALTOR target that demographic for the marketing of the home. Your home probably is too small for a large family like yours, but for a couple of just getting started family is may work perfectly.
  • June 27 2011
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The safety and lack of space issues, mentioned in the other replies here, would come to the minds of many buyers.

When getting homes show-ready, the best time to address buyers' questions and concerns is before they ever come up! An effectively staged loft bonus room has loads of appeal.







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The room for the boys is the largest of the 2 bedrooms. We could fit 2 beds, dresser, nightstands and a desk in there. It's quite large.

We also have the study option in the house downstairs, so we do have one setup already. I was just planning on converting it to a gameroom.

Thanks everyone for your replies!
  • June 21 2011
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Without room dimensions it's tought to say what would look better.  If you put the 2 boys together, would it crowd the room too much and could make it look too small?  If you go with this option,  pack as many toys and clothes as you can to make the room look spacious.  This actually applies for the rest of the home too.

I kind of like the master bedroom arrangement because it gives a reason to the buyers why you are moving. 

If you are not working with a Realtor, I'll be happy to stop by and give you my opinion in person too.

Naima

  • June 20 2011
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It's kind of funny but when I look at photos on MLS and I see a nursery, I think 'oh that's why they're moving - they need more room!'

You can buy an inexpensive desk @ OfficeMax and stage it as an office. The will often have a glass and metal desk on sale for $50.00
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Buyers always want to see space. Your second option is probably the wisest if it gives a buyer a chance to visual the space to their best options.
  • June 20 2011
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Safety concerns might steer advice toward staging the loft area as either a game room or a teen-type bedroom, and keeping the nursery in a traditional bedroom or as an extension sharing the master.
  • June 20 2011
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