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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Oh No! The realtor says the sewing area needs to go! ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 1/19/12 8:27 AM

We had a realtor in last night to give us some comps and tell us what we were looking at. The good news is that the comps are higher than we thought so hopefully we won't lose any more money. The bad news is she told me to get rid of my sewing area. It's in the loft upstairs and overlooks the main living area...my domain that I can survey as I'm sewing!

She wants it made into a "living area" not a sewing, craft, computer area! I'm going to go crazy if I can't sew. I don't have another room to move it into. The basement is dark and dreary, plus I can't monitor the goings on upstairs if I'm down there...

Houses aren't selling fast around here so this could go on for awhile...June at the earliest if I move out of the house before it sells, maybe August if I move to get my DS in school before it starts.

I offered a compromise, to pull the big cutting table out of there but leave the L-Shaped desk so I could sew but cut out in a different area. She wasn't appeased by that.

Ugghhh! I should be happy about the possibility of the higher house pricing but darn, I can't get past the no sewing....

Anyone else have to do this? How did you get through it? Sewing is my relaxation.

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Date: 1/19/12 8:32 AM


Kim. I understand where both you and the realtor is coming from.. but ..... I would think. since it is a loft space.. as long as it is not cluttered.. it should be fine.. Just make sure to remove as much as possible from the area. and keep the mess down.
Anyone looking at the home can see its a bonus space to be used for their personal preferences.. whether sewing, crafts, a space for the kids to watch TV.. or an office space .

Too bad she was not appeased. but its your home.. and you set the rules here for the sale.

Frankly in this day and age.. almost all buyers are looking for a bonus space to do their own thing in.. I don't see the big problem here your realtor does.

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Date: 1/19/12 8:38 AM

I'm with Pigling. Seems to me you are actually doing the "buyers" a favor, by giving them an alternative idea on how to use that space. I've watched so many of those HGTV shows on how to stage a house. They strip most of them bare and put a couch and a table back in. Yep, they look all House Beautiful, but they don't look like a home.

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Date: 1/19/12 8:43 AM

I've moved twice in the last 7 years, and each time I kept my sewing room intact. Each house sold within 3-4 weeks, the last time during the height of a recession, and only 1000 less than our asking price, [making us a profit of 10,000 in 4 years] People were really taken with my sewing, we got to chatting, and the whole house viewing business became very friendly.

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Subject: The realtor says the sewing area needs to go! Date: 1/19/12 8:46 AM

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and you set the rules here for the sale.




not necessarily...the realtor knows how to sell a house and that's what you're paying her for

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Date: 1/19/12 8:53 AM

Can you put up a screen so it's not visible from the living room, get it super neat and as you said take down the cutting table etc., put stuff away when you're not using it, have something interesting on a dressform - make it a fashion corner...
As noted it gives another idea of what you can use the space for. When I sold a few years ago I signed many rooms with ideas for use, how many 7 year olds vs. 17 year olds would fit in a sleepover in the family room or that it could hold/feed an entire high school soccer team, ideas for my son's room - he'd moved out and it was a sewing/craft room with entertainment center. Same with the bonus room for ideas.
BTW the buyers included a lady who was a hard core quilter and had lost everything in a home fire, she had a sewing machine make/model nearly same as mine so it was easy for her to relate to the possibilities when she walked into that room. You never know who's going to look! Model homes do this very thing, you never know what the theme/topic/use for a room might be until you walk in.

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Date: 1/19/12 9:04 AM

Yes, that's how I see it too. She does this for a living, knows what makes a house sell or not. I don't like what she has to say about my sewing area but I think I need to follow her suggestions.

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Date: 1/19/12 9:18 AM

I would move the sewing table add a couple of chairs maybe a tv. That would look like a sitting place.

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Date: 1/19/12 9:35 AM

Hmmm....that might work. I could pull out the cutting table altogether like I suggested. The actual desks I use are in three pieces, from Ikea. I could pull out one of them and condense my machines to one desk, keep the computer on the other desk and add a couple smaller chairs for sitting.

I'm glad I posted here...always good suggestions

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Date: 1/19/12 9:50 AM


That does sound like a good plan.. Most people don't even use their formal Living room as it is.. but other places to veg, sit and do hobbies are much appreciated because of that.
There was a recent thread on staging a home here on PR Kim. try to find it as there were loads of suggestions in that thread.
A realtor is not necessarily a stager. .nor a designer.. nor a decorator.. but even I would have to agree that a large cutting table might be jarring to the eye.. and certainly all the clutter that can pile up in a sewing space would be a turn off. But I still think its okay to leave it a s a sewing space somewhat.. certainly enough to can still sew in it. It doesn't take much imagination on a buyers part to see that the space is a bonus space. I think you can meet your realtor half way on this. by just removing that large cutting table. and the extra clutter.. Also take down any ironing boards you may have.. that kind of item just reminds the buyers of work..
As you will read in the other thread.. cleanliness and lack of clutter are the two most important things in selling a home. Good luck to you.. keep on sewing.

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