Compromise is key when marketing a handicapped-accessible home

REThink Real Estate

Q: I just read an article you wrote about bad staging decisions sellers make. In one of the comments, a reader mentioned that having handicapped equipment in a home for sale is bad. We have a 3-year-old daughter with special needs and have some fairly large equipment for her. She is also here every day with her nurse. We are listing our house in the next couple of weeks. We have taken great care to get everything just right and even hired a stager. Any suggestions on what to do with our daughter and her equipment? –Barb

A: You are very smart to pay attention to this issue. Some buyers find basic personal items like toothbrushes and dishes and residents of the home to be a major distraction when they are viewing a home. The unfortunate truth is that this is even more true about disability-accommodating equipment and your little munchkin. This makes the fact that you have gone to great lengths to fully stage your home exceptionally important, as the wow factor of good, professional staging has the power to help overcome other drawbacks and distractions.