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Kids in the Master Bedroom - will it affect re-sale?

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ThinkIveBeenHacked Tue 04-Nov-14 09:47:49

We have a two bed flat which, within the year, we will be aiming to sell. Bedroom One is massive - bay window, alcoves either side of fireplace, 17ft long, 14ft wide. Currently our bedroom with newborn DS.

Bedroom two is smaller, however once upon a time fit our bedroom suite in (used Master as an extra reception room pre-dc).It is roughly 12ft x 8ft. DD (3) has it as her bedroom.

Practicality wise, when they are able ti share (once ds is sleeping through), I would like to put both dcs and all their toys into the Master and move us back into the smaller bedroom.

However, if this will have a detrimental affect on our chance of a sale, I will look to make Bedroom 2 theirs.

The benefit of having them in the Master means we can make the Lounge (ideally) toy-free, and it is the only reception room (same dimensions as Master so large, but also has the dining table in there)


specialsubject Tue 04-Nov-14 10:43:26

doesn't matter on the assumption that you will not be selling the children with the house. smile

Most people would expect to see a very small baby sharing with its parents.

set the house up for the way you live, there's no rules as to who has the bigger bedroom!

molesbreath Tue 04-Nov-14 10:46:31

I think thats fine.

Don't over decorate though keep the paint / paper neutral and maybe just add transfers which can easily be removed so that won't put any buyers off who can't see past whats in front of them.

Had to smile about selling the children with the house !

OwlCapone Tue 04-Nov-14 10:48:06

It might be a plus if it shows the second bedroom is plenty big enough to be a double.

ogredownstairs Tue 04-Nov-14 10:48:21

I think it might actually be quite helpful for you to be in the other room if it's presented well and not crammed in - it shows that the smaller room is still a good double.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Tue 04-Nov-14 10:48:23

Hahah a ready made family for sale grin

DDs room is gray and ours is a sort of dark turquoise, so there wont be any repainting, just some clever toy storage, matching beds for them, maybe some string lights up round each bed.

OwlCapone Tue 04-Nov-14 10:48:37

But yes, keep the decor neutral and add "kiddiness" via soft furnishings only.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Tue 04-Nov-14 10:51:28

Yes I thought that ogre - our bed is a Kingsize and fitted in there with plenty of floorspace along with a triple wardrobe, twp bedside tables and a a chest of drawers.

meadowquark Tue 04-Nov-14 11:26:37

Make the pictures of Master and the second bedroom before you rearrange it and give it to the agency to use. We did that.

burnishedsilver Tue 04-Nov-14 11:59:22

I think it might have an effect.

If you are planning on moving within a year I'd be inclined to leave it as it is for the moment.

noddyholder Tue 04-Nov-14 17:06:43

12 x 8 is big enough for 2 little children I would keep the large bedroom as a master for re sale.

LondonGirl83 Tue 04-Nov-14 23:57:17

How can you get all that furniture in to the small room. A king is 5 by 7 ft including the frame. You can have more than a foot and a half around the sides of the bed and a few feet at the end when the closet doors are closed. That seems really cramped!

Do what works for you though. Keeping the toys out of the lounge will definitely be appealing

ThinkIveBeenHacked Wed 05-Nov-14 09:04:28

Easy! door is on end of the shorter wall, with the wardrobed next to that, window is on the opposite wall with drawers under it.

Bed in the centre of the long wall coming into the room (6.5ft - IKEA not sure if thats why it isnt 7ft), bedside table either side.

LondonGirl83 Wed 05-Nov-14 10:29:15

That would still only leave you with 1.5ft around your bed on all sides.

12ft dimensions would be reduced to 8ft by wardrobe and dresser on opposite sides of the short wall.

The 8ft dimension would be left with 1.5 ft at the end given your bed is 6.5ft.

Only having a foot and a half around your bed on all sides seems very cramped. I don't think most people viewing your house will think there is a lot of floor space and you might actually be making the room look smaller than it is.

IssyStark Wed 05-Nov-14 12:36:37

LondonGirl i think you are just used to large rooms.

Certainly for the size of houses I can afford with DH, 1.5ft spare around all of a kingsize plus wardrobes and chest of drawers is standard if not generous!

LondonGirl83 Wed 05-Nov-14 14:03:48

Maybe! Seems awkward to me. Opening the drawers and wardrobes etc must block the walking path. But if it's normal for where you are then go for it!

burnishedsilver Wed 05-Nov-14 14:18:47

People aren't great at picturing how their furniture would fit in a new house. Having the master bed furnished as a masterbed helps. I've seen vendors advised to swap the rooms back for selling purposes several times on 'selling houses' type programmes. Perhaps ask the estate agent that you are thinking of using for the sale.

HappyAsASandboy Wed 05-Nov-14 14:26:55

I wouldn't switch them. I think the master bedroom would lose its size as soon as you put two kids beds/cots plus storage for toys plus wardrobe etc in there because there will be too many single items of furniture.

I would keep the baby in with you until after you move. DC will only be 18 mo by then and can still be in a cot, and you can make a real feature of the large master bedroom.

If you have any photos of the second bedroom as a double then use them for the brochure?

WhatWouldCaitlinDo Thu 06-Nov-14 15:15:50

1.5ft around the bed sounds small. I would keep the bigger bedroom as a Master and put the kids in the smaller room

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