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Staging a Smaller Home

The number one reason homebuyers purchase a home is to get more space, but there are also homebuyers who are looking for less space to maintain. Your smaller home can appeal to more homebuyers than you may think by using some clever staging. 

Edit for function. Your homebuyer knows that the house is small and they’re still interested in seeing it. Reward the buyer with rooms that are as functional and proportionate as possible. Show that you’ve made good use of space by reducing the number of pieces of furniture in the house so that people can walk through with an easy flow without bumping into furniture. 

Try to eliminate heaviness. The goal is to get every inch of floor space to show, so get as much off the floor as possible. Instead of a bookcase, try open shelves on the walls. 

Bulky furniture upholstered furniture, furniture with skirts and oversized pillows will weigh down the look of your home. Stage your home with sleek low-slung furniture with simple lines that show the legs. Glass-topped tables look light and show more of the floor, which can make any room look bigger.

Move curtain rods up to the ceiling and replace thick drapes with lighter flowy fabric, or replace all of it with blinds. Don’t let drapes fall to the floor as they will obscure footage. Your home will look airier and on trend. 

Bring in more light. Reflective surfaces like mirrors or polished wood floors can bounce more light into any room and make it brighter. Dark corners make rooms appear smaller so make sure there are plenty of lights, preferably recessed lights in the ceiling.  Instead of floor lamps, install sconces on the walls. Limit the size and number of table lamps as too many can look cluttered. 

Don’t overstuff storage. Take advantage of built-in bookcases and cabinets and entertainment areas to help you save space. Mount TVs on the wall if possible. Install shelving on the walls, but edit the number of books and collectibles. 

Pack up out of season clothes, sports equipment, and holiday decorations so closets will appear roomier. The less stuff you have, the better your home will show. 

Don’t crowd countertops. Real estate is valuable in a small kitchen or bath. 

Take advantage of wall space to put up open shelving, which looks airier. Limit the number of appliances and gadgets on countertops. Microwaves, ovens, refrigerators can all be built into the walls, freeing floor space. 

Islands were once the answer to make a small kitchen seem more open. Make the island taller so you can add more storage. Extend the countertop beyond the cabinetry about 12 to 16 inches to accommodate barstools. 

With a small home, less is more. By showing your home at its best, the right buyer will see the beauty of a small space.