Staging a small house presents unique opportunities and challenges
Staging isn’t just for large, luxury houses. Every house could use a stager when it hits the market. Even small houses! When you’re staging a small house, it’s important to make the most use of the space that you do have.
Read or watch below for some small house staging tips!
If the house has a high countertop or bar that needs bar stools, be careful which ones you pick. They need to be the right height for the counter or bar, with about ten inches or more of space for sitting. If they have backs on them, they may look more comfy, but they’ll block buyers’ line of sight through the kitchen. If you want to make a small kitchen or dining room seem as open and big as possible, you don’t want to use bar stools with high backs.
In general, higher-end houses tend to sell best with a neutral color palette. Lower-end houses can be more colorful. Since most small houses are lower-end, you can use bright colors to add some life and body.
There’s less room for pieces that add character in a small house, so color is a great way to break up the monotony of neutral furniture. Of course, you still don’t want to go overboard with color. A hot pink couch probably doesn’t belong in either a small house or a large one when you’re staging.
Ceilings should always be white, right? Well, not necessarily. Low ceilings should be white, but you can actually draw attention to the grandeur of a high ceiling by painting it a different color. Again, you don’t want to go overboard with the color. But if you can draw the buyer’s eye upward, it emphasizes how high the space reaches.
Purpose of the Room
A dining room is a dining room. A bedroom is a bedroom. While a lot of stagers like to display their creativity, they need to keep to the intended purpose of each room. It’s much harder to visualize an office as a bedroom than it is to visualize a bedroom as an office. If you’re staging a multi-bedroom house, a buyer is more likely to want the house for that extra bedroom, not for an extra office space. Remember: when you’re staging, a bedroom is a bedroom.
Staging a small house for utility
You want the most likely buyer to walk in and think the home suits all of their needs, including a place for their technology. A lot of homeowners use laptops instead of desktop computers, but it’s still important to show where a desk would go in a modern home. Even if it’s just big enough to set down a laptop or support a printer, a desk adds utility to even the smallest homes.