Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #73 How To Sell A House 8: Bedrooms Adult & Guests


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 I hope this is enjoyable and useful to you!

Debra Spencer




This issue continues the series of articles to help you sell your house for the best price in the least amount of time. 
Yes, I know, there are a lot of "sell your house" books and articles out there, but none quite like this. Really.

Many people feel overwhelmed when they first decide to sell a home.  In these issues, I introduce the basic selling concepts organized into a reasonable system,
so you can ready each part of your home without feeling overwhelmed by the task. 

Recall the the key points from the introduction to this series:
Minimize Clutter 
and then, Open House!

Remember: think like a buyer and have a critical eye.

Thanks for reading and I hope this series is helpful to you!



Some parts of your home will be more challenging  than others; which parts are challenging will depend on the type of dwelling you have, and how you've used it.

Homes with unusual configurations, or in challenging locations, or selling out of season, or substantially remodelled, may need extra attention to detail to compete.

This is why I provide each part of your home with a specialized checklist for it,  and each checklist applies these same five important points to package each part of your house for sale. 

Even if you can't get to every detail, the checklists will help you to keep the basics in mind and to stay organized. When you're ready to begin work, print out and use each of the checklists, adding your own "To Do" lists to each one.  

If you can remember only one "take-away" rule from this entire series, it's REDUCE CLUTTER. One person's "Pride And Joy" is just clutter to someone else. There is no accounting for taste. Clutter blocks people from visualizing themselves living in your home. Think "hotel room" and "theatre", and pack and store away all non- essentials and anything personal. Your buyers are considering buying your home from the front row of an intimate theatre, not from the rear of the cinema or behind a Rock n'Roll concert crowd.

Once your home is for sale, think of your home as a hotel where you're staying until the home sells; in your mind, you've already moved out. 

Remember, to compete successfully and sell, your house must stand out from the competition as memorable in some way other than price. No matter how fine the neighborhood, that cannot offset a dilapidated ill-kept dwelling in poor repair.

At the same time, your home has to encourage buyers to picture themselves living within it. Advertising and publicity can't do this for you; they just announce your house is for sale. 


Bedrooms are really defined as an individual's formally designated personal area where they can expect to sleep safely and undisturbed.

However, sleeping safely and undisturbed has in fact never restricted itself to formally designated bedrooms.

Like romance, it happens whenever and wherever it can.  

Let's face it; formal bedrooms are rarely used for life's informal events, and I'm not just referring to taking cat naps.

Mansions, palaces, and hotels usually house many people under one "roof".In these situations, the location where one can sleep safely, relatively quietly, and relatively undisturbed will not be the same place as one's formally designated bedroom.

 In more modest homes, with far fewer people, there are far more places to sleep safely and undisturbed,

but these are not limited to bedrooms,the den, the office, or the garden.  

Modern children use bedrooms as play rooms, toy storage, laundry storage, study rooms, slumber party rooms, eating rooms, and puppy training rooms, and often all these functions, all at once.

They are also just as likely

to do so some serious sleeping at school.

In mansions, palaces, and hotels, you will find the inevitable secret passages by inspecting the wallpaper for disguised doors.

For centuries, it was acceptable for anyone who could migrate from one bedroom to another, to do so, in pseudo-secrecy.

Secret rooms,

secret halls,

secret stairways,

and secret storage

have been intrinsic to buildings

for centuries.

Bedrooms, like bathrooms, tend to become more elaborate in direct proportion to income,

morphing into anything but comfortable.  

Formal bedrooms are rarely used for human "cat naps". However, homes hosting elaborate assigned bedrooms are usually mansions, hotels, or palaces, with enough spare bedrooms, dens, and sitting rooms that something, usually on the ground floor, can be conscripted and turned into an informal area where one is comfortable enough to regularly sleep safely undisturbed.

Guests use bedrooms; hosts not as often.

Incidentally, Lands' End published a series of carefully conducted scientific studies to explain their reasons for marketing their bedding and blankets separately to married couples. Apparently, married couples have sleeping temperatures that are inversely proportionate to each other.

While sleeping, one will prefer hot using lots of bedding while the other will prefer cold and kick off the bedding.

The longer the marriage,

the more likely it is that separate beds and separate bedding will be needed for a comfortable means to sleep. 

Here's some Bedroom Trivia.  From 1930 to 1968, the Motion Picture Production Code (a.k.a. the Hays Code) censored motion picture content produced for US public audiences. One of their prohibitions was that men and woman could not be shown in bed together, regardless of whether or not their characters were married in the movie. This created a proliferation of twin beds in movie and television scenes.

The Marx Brothers, however, were not censored for sleeping together in one bed in The Big Store and Room Service.

Draperies over a settee or bed, such as those traditionally found surrounding a four poster bed, serve a practical insulating purpose.  Coverings can be as simple as a blanket or mosquito net, or as elaborate as heavily embroidered crewel.  Over a small bed in a yurt or when covering formal beds in mansions, palaces, and other sitting and sleeping areas within large rooms, draperies and tents of all sorts serve to keep the heat in and the flying insects out. 



Bedrooms ~ Adult & Guests

Minimize Clutter

Closets: straighten, box, and store.
Furniture: remove any extra items and rearrange to enhance and open up the space.



Carpet: clean and deodorize.


Drapes and curtains: take them down and wash them or dry clean them, before putting them back up.


Lighting fixtures: wash and clean the crystals and the bulbs. Be sure all the bulbs are working.




Wall and ceiling cracks: repair as needed.




Walls: use a neutral paint and wallpaper. 


Consider using fresh new neutral color throw rugs and decorative pillows.

Bedspreads: use basic colors and patterns.

General decor: remove anything distracting or highly personal, such as posters, etc. 




Rearrange pictures to highlight special areas.

Open a book and leave it open on a nightstand.

Add a fresh, flowering plant.

Add curtains or valances to rooms without them.

Arrange decorative pillows or shams on the bed.

Display an organized project in the work and sitting areas.



Thanks for reading and I hope this series is enjoyable and helpful to you!

Best Wishes,

Debra Spencer

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