Simple Staging Tips to Sell a Smaller Home

August 6, 2019

When selling a small home, there are simple staging tips to maximize exposure to potential buyers. Today I a sharing four tips that are pretty universal to making a smaller home show better without any major renovations. As a real estate agent and investor, I am constantly recommending these quick fixes to my clients!

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Our first home was a small bungalow in Denver, CO. We weren’t really looking for a new home, but we unexpectedly found our second house and had just 5 days to get our tiny house staged and ready to sell! I followed the tips below and we secured a buyer in under a week. I followed these same staging tips when I helped my parents sell their 650 square foot cottage in Ohio.

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Staging Tips for Tiny Homes

1 | Declutter Every Room

This is especially important for small homes. You want the buyer to think that there will be plenty of space for all of their belongings. We removed furniture and other personal items to make each room feel as spacious as possible. Clear off countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms to highlight all of the space they will have.

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I tell my clients to pack up 25% of their belongings and put it in storage or in the garage. This helps clear out small items taking up space and it helps to get a head start on the packing they will eventually have to do.

2 | De-personalize

Remove most family photos & any religious or politically affiliated objects on display. You want the home to feel warm and inviting but not like a potential buyer is intruding on your personal space. You also don’t want to give buyers an excuse to not like your home or get “bad vibes”. The goal is to highlight the best parts of the home and avoid distractions like photo collages covering a whole wall.

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3 | Deep Clean

This seems like a given but it is important for your home to be as clean as possible, especially if you have pets. I recommend to clients removing as many pet items as possible before buyers walk-through. Sellers want to appeal to as many buyers as possible, and while some animal lovers may be fine with it, there are some buyers who will immediately think of messes on the carpeting and scratches on the hardwood floors.

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Don’t forget to clean areas like kitchen cabinets and refrigerators too! Buyers open those up and want to see where you put all of your items. Air out your home an hour before the open house. Walking into a home and having it smell strongly of that family can be a turnoff when buyers try to visualize themselves in that space.

4 | Professional photographs

Make sure a professional professional photographer takes photos of your home! They know how to make your room look its best with lighting and angles and will attract the most buyers online. Viewing homes online before touring them has become increasingly more common.

Before the photographer comes over, focuso n creating a purpose in every space, even if you didn’t utilize your home in that way. The image below is a little nook in our basement that always became a drop zone for junk. Before listing our house, I cleaned up this corner and created a little office space to help potential buyers visualize how they could use the home.

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Staging Tips Put to Practice

Now I will show you how I put these tips into practice with our first home! This little house was located in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver, CO, and was 1,300 square feet. We added fresh flowers and cleaned the front porch to maximize curb appeal.

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Staging the Living Room

We did some major decluttering in the main room.  

  • Simplified artwork on the walls by removing our family/friends collage
  • Removed the rug to highlight the wood flooring
  • Rearranged the layout by removing a large chair to improve the walking pattern for potential buyers
  • Packed away any little nicknacks on the end tables and mantle for a streamlined look
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Staging the Dining Room

  • Swapped out our oversized dining room table for a smaller table. This makes each room appear larger.
  • Decluttered the shelves to the left (thats maybe a 1/4 of the alcohol we had on that top shelf)
  • Removed plastic cups from the glass cabinets and packed away a portion of our glassware so the cabinets where not overstuffed
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Simple staging tips to sell a small home fast! | Building Bluebird #rei #realestate #homestaging

Staging for the Kitchen

  • Clean off the countertops to maximize the workspace buyers will see
  • Deep clean the fridge and appliances
  • Organize cabinets and declutter – with small kitchen (especially), potential buyers will often look in cabinets to see how you fit all of your stuff. Always try and leave empty space to show there is plenty of room for more of the buyers belongings.
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Top staging tips for tiny homes | Building Bluebird #rei #realestate #homestaging

Staging the Master Bedroom

  • Clean & Declutter: In this room, we made sure it was clean and felt bright and airy
  • Closet: The master bedroom closet was all mine. When buyers came through our house, I wanted to give the illusion that two people could use this closet. We put half of our clothes in storage and added Chris’ belongings to the closet.
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Staging the Nursery

  • Removed the dresser that Chris kept in here to hold his clothes
  • Rearranged the room for a better flow and more spacious feel
  • Removed the rug to show the floors
  • Moved Chris’ clothes in the closet into the master bedroom closet
Staging tips to sell your home fast

Staging the Bathroom

  • Remove all personal products from the shower and sink
  • Deep clean
  • Add a fresh towel and a plant
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Staging the Basement

  • Declutter the office area
  • Deep clean
  • Removed personal photos from the end tables
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Staging the Exterior

Our goal was to highlight the outdoor living space we added to make the house feel larger.

  • Weeded the garden
  • Opened the umbrella
  • Cleaned all of the surfaces
  • Picked up all dog poop!
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How to stage your home to sell fast | Building Bluebird #rei #realestate #homestaging

Lastly, when we left for the open house, we turned on music to help create the welcoming atmosphere we wanted the visitors to feel. This was a party house for us so if we could get potential buyers to visualize all of the great get-togethers on that back deck, we knew it would help to sell this house.

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