A large walk-in closet is a must have for today’s buyer. (Photo courtesy Jed MacArthur.)
Jed MacArthur RE/MAX 
of Boulder

The No. 1 reason home buyers purchase a home is to get more living space. In fact, in a recent survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage, 66 percent of millennials say more space is the top reason for purchasing a home. 

That’s ample rationale to make the most of your home’s bonus space when you plan to sell. Simple staging can turn that large landing or extra room into a space that declares, “Great Lifestyle!”. Your home sale will benefit from the impression of extra value. 

With staging your bonus space in mind, consider these tips from Realtor.com on how to bring that nook or room to life.

1. Make rooms single-purpose

Don’t make the mistake of combo rooms. If you’re creating a quiet spot to draw or listen to music, don’t make it double as a workout room. Just pick a purpose and go for it for best results when selling.  

2. Capitalize on the yoga craze

The number of people engaged in yoga and meditation is surging. Turning your bonus room into the ideal space to practice poses is sure to bring out the “Ohms” from buyers. Keep your décor simple with a yoga mat, comfy pillows, plants, and even a small water fountain. Or, go more fitness-heavy with a home gym. Just don’t put in so much exercise equipment that it makes your room feel small. 

3. Get crafty

If you have a hobby, show it off with an attractive and well-organized space. Buyers value storage, and a hobby room is a great place to showcase clever cubbies and good lighting. You can go as simple as a long table and freestanding bookshelves to convey the idea of a purposeful bonus space. 

4. Showcase your penchant for gaming

Today, playing video games is a major source of entertainment and socializing for people of all ages. Make your gaming space enviable with loads of electrical outlets for consoles or charging stations and gaming computers. Accommodate group play with three feet around every side of the table. 

5. Make your home office a storage haven

Telecommuting is here to stay, which makes the home office a useful feature. Stage it creatively with tall storage, lots of shelving, a small seating area and stylish, effective lighting.  

6. Go big with your closet 

Walk-in closets are a must-have for today’s home buyer. If your master bedroom closet is not very large, consider transforming a bedroom into a to-die-for closet with dressing area. Give it tons of hanging and shoe space and storage drawers galore.

7.  Stage your space authentically

However you decide to stage your space, be true to yourself. If you’re an empty nester, don’t stage a nursery or fake playroom. Pick one of your passions and create a space that’s clean and simple. It will make your home shine with possibilities and an aspirational lifestyle. 

Read the full article at realtor.com/advice/sell/make-buyers-love-your-flex-space/

Read the full home buyers survey at http://newsroom.suntrust.com/2017-07-26-SunTrust-Survey-Mortgages-Are-Going-to-the-Dogs

Realtor Jed MacArthur joined RE/MAX of Boulder in 2005 and specializes in new developments and urban buyers. Jed studied architecture at the University of Kansas, and construction management and finance at Colorado State University. He works closely with builders and developers in Downtown Boulder and has served as a marketing associate for The Lofts at One Boulder Plaza, 1155 Canyon, Prospect New Town, and The Walnut. He has worked with investment properties and has a worldwide referral network. Jed specializes in all metro Boulder and Denver areas and has also sold homes as far south as Highlands Ranch and as far north as Fort Collins.

For questions, email Jed at jedmac@boulderco.com, call (303) 415-2244, or visit boulderco.com