Make the most of your spare room with our top tips
When it comes to selling your home, you should try and use every room as part of your sales pitch. However, there is one room in particular that often gets a raw deal – it's too often unloved, neglected or locked away. We are, of course, talking about the much-maligned spare room.
With clever use of space and a bit of innovation and imagination this room can be turned into anything you want it to be. It shouldn't merely be written off as characterless and without a function.
Granted, the spare room is regularly the smallest or out-of-the way room in a home, but it can have significant appeal if utilised in the right way. Which is why we have come up with some top tips on how to convert your spare room into something special.
Make it an extra bedroom
One of the most popular uses, this needn't cost the world and can be achieved in a few fairly simple steps. A quick lick of paint will get things going – neutral colours such as whites, creams and light blues are likely to have the widest appeal. A bed, a chest of drawers or wardrobe and, depending on the size of the room, a desk and office chair can all be sourced for reasonable prices if you shop around.
Alternatively, you may have friends or family who could give you these items. Or, as we mentioned in a previous blog, you could take advantage of the popular trend of up-cycling to kit out your room with the necessary furniture.
Use it as a home office
Another very popular option, the work from home boom in the last few decades has massively increased the need for this type of space. Again, it needn't take a lot of time, effort or money to transform your spare room into a comfortable and stylish working environment.
The basics will be needed – a desk, an office chair, shelf space for files, books and papers, etc. Shopping around will allow you to find bargains, while lamps, plants and tasteful décor will all add to that relaxing and chilled-out home office vibe.
Convert your spare room into a home gym
With health and fitness trends continuing to spread across the country, a home gym is becoming an increasingly popular choice for spare rooms. However, before you are frightened off by the astronomical costs of all this, a home gym doesn't have to mean budget-shattering, state-of-the-art, up to the minute equipment.
A simple exercise mat and a few dumbbells will help to transform the room. Second hand exercise bikes (which are usually in great working order) and other pieces of gym equipment can be found on online auction sites and elsewhere.
Generally, the décor in a home gym should be stripped-back and minimalist – in other words, less is more.
Turn it into a playroom
Thinking outside the box here, but if your main selling demographic is families with young kids then the prospect of a children-friendly playroom is one you should consider. Young children tend to have a lot of toys that tend to take up a lot of space. As a way of getting all these toys in one place, the spare room could be converted into a playroom.
Make the décor colourful, fun and child-friendly, make sure the room has carpet rather than wood flooring and try and ensure as much natural light enters the room as possible – in this respect, blinds can be very useful.
At Sarah Beeny's Tepilo we make sure you have a member of our dedicated team by your side throughout the sales process, from the moment you upload to our website to completion.
For more information please contact our personable and vastly experienced sales team 24/7 on 0844 3878377 or 01702 870878. If you would like to find out how much your property could be worth in the current marketplace, check out our free instant online valuation tool.