Staging a Small, Small House

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Home Stager with Classic Designs Home Staging

Classic Design had the privledge of working with a great realtor who was showing a vacant home in Knoxville and who knew the value of staging first.

The budget was tight and the house was small so we indeed had a challenge to create a space that was inviting without making it appear cluttered or confining.  The entire living/dining area was only 12X25.  I think the result was great and best of all so did the client.  See what you think.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Jeremy Joslin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales

The photos look great! Professional staging is key escpecially in a small house.

Oct 08, 2011 12:04 AM #1
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Bonnie Allen
Classic Designs Home Staging - Knoxville, TN

Thanks Jeremy, I think it's especially difficult for a client to imagine how the room will look with furniture if the room is as small as those in this particular home. 

Oct 08, 2011 12:08 AM #2
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Randall Regnier
Illustrated Properties R.E., Inc - Delray Beach, FL
SimplyWaterfront.com

Looks great!  Glad to see that people stage.  So many agents just don't care down here in South Florida.

Oct 08, 2011 12:13 AM #3
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Marcia Kramarz
Re/Max Executive Realty - Medway, MA
CDPE,LMC,CBR

So much better than seeing something vacant and trying to imagine - Well said and Well Staged!

Oct 08, 2011 12:45 AM #4
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Mary Ellen Holleran
Holleran Real Estate - Chapel Hill, NC

Looks beautiful, I can't believe you got a couch and loveseat in that small area and it doesn't look crowded. Great job!

Oct 08, 2011 12:51 AM #5
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Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

Bonnie, That looks fantastic. Job well done and looks so inviting. Staging really helps sell properties for a better price! Have a nice weekend!

Oct 08, 2011 12:59 AM #6
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Bonnie Allen
Classic Designs Home Staging - Knoxville, TN

Marcia, you're right, and the sad thing is, is that most folks really can't imagine what a room will look like furnished. 

Mary Ellen, I made sure that the furniture I picked was smaller scale. Also, having a couch that is open at the bottom rather than having a skirt helps

Keith, Thanks, I really wanted it to look inviting and comfortable.  I want the potential buyer to walk in the door and immediatly think-I love it and could live here.

Oct 08, 2011 01:09 AM #7
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Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Bonnie, you did a really great job showcasing the small area.  I am a firm believer in less is more.  Congrats on a nicely staged property.

Oct 10, 2011 09:10 AM #8
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Bonnie Allen
Classic Designs Home Staging - Knoxville, TN

Thanks for the comments Wendy and Valerie, I agree, less is more.  I really had to fight the temptation to put a coffee table in the living room.  I think I made the right choice by leaving it out.  I wanted to show as much floor space as possible, after all the room was only 12 x 25!

Oct 11, 2011 12:23 AM #10
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TERI LINDSAY
Reno, NV
STAGELIGHT HOME STAGING CO.

Bonnie, your staging of this property showcases all the important features of the rooms...esp. the beautiful wood floors. The colors are great, like the silky, striped pillows! Great work.

Oct 16, 2011 08:03 PM #11
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Bonnie Allen
Classic Designs Home Staging - Knoxville, TN

Thanks Teri, one of my goals was to show as much of the floor as possible.  I think that using furniture without a skirt at the bottom helps to achieve that goal.  I, like you, also love the colors. 

Oct 17, 2011 01:53 AM #12
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

Bonnie, great job...and even though the room is small you have done an excellent job with placement of the furniture.. Speaking of furniture where did you get yours for the vacant home ? I have a very hard time finding nice furniture for vacant stagings.

Oct 18, 2011 01:36 AM #13
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

  Thanks for sharing your story on STAGING STORIES, you have been highlighted !! You did a great job on your vacant staging. Mary Lou Teague

Oct 18, 2011 01:40 AM #14
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Bonnie Allen
Classic Designs Home Staging - Knoxville, TN

Mary lou, would you believe it came from Rent-a-Center on Clinton Hwy?  They were the only ones who were willing to accept weekly payments without a min. 3-6 month contract.  The realtor owns the home and didn't want to get locked into a contract in case he home sold before a contract time frame was completed.  I worked with Jerry and the area manager who were great.  Even though the selection was not as varied (for my purposes) as CORT would be, I had easier access and more agreeable terms.  I'll most certainly use them again!   THANKS FOR THE STAR!

Oct 18, 2011 02:11 AM #15
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Sara Garden
Rocky Mountain Home Staging - Boulder, CO
MBA, HSE, HSR, APSD, Home Stager

Yes, it doesn't look small in the pictures at all. Lovely work!

Nov 12, 2011 06:08 AM #16
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