Is your home fulfilling your lifestyle needs? Has it been on the market for months and still not sold? If you answer yes to either of these questions, your home may be going through a sort of identity crisis. It may not be configured to best meet your current way of living or to attract potential buyers. Your home needs a jump-start.
Begin by assessing the rooms in your home. Each room should serve a distinct function for you and your family, or for your prospective buyers. Are you offering a home office or just all bedrooms? If you determine that rooms in your home are not serving your family’s needs or are not pleasing to buyers, then now is the time to reconfigure rooms within your home. Moving is not just one house to another house. By reconfiguring rooms you can discover a new home within your old home.
What do you want to achieve from the room reconfigurations? Consult with family members or your realtor to determine the goals for each room.
Based on the goals of family members or selling points, create a detailed plan of what room fits best with each goal. Maybe one of your bedrooms is so small it would be better to present to potential buyers as a home office. If the guest room goes unused, transform it into a media or game room.
Let family members choose the paint colors for their new rooms, as well as accessories (new comforter, window coverings, throw rugs, etc) and furniture layout. A little hard work and a new paint color can transform a room without spending a ton. Repurpose old furniture by sanding and repainting.
At some point, you may need to call in a professional to help with certain things. For instance, if you are going to convert a smaller bedroom into a home office, you may want to consider hiring a professional custom closet company to create built-ins in the room. They are more affordable than you think and definitely worth the investment in the long run. A professional can take those stale closets and convert them into dream closets. The sky is the limit!
Whatever your new spaces are designed for, they will be clean, organized and provide inspiration for you or your potential buyers. Some people move to new homes every 5-10 years, but many stay put for decades. Over time, a home can lose its identity. Reconfiguring rooms within a home can push the restart button, set you and your home in a different direction, giving everyone a fresh perspective and a new beginning!