Many people visual Home Staging as something done for large expensive homes. So I do get the question "I have a small home so do I need to stage it?"

The answer is YES! Small homes are even more important to stage. If they are occupied a small home can look even smaller if the homeowner is living with too large furniture or too much stuff. 

And the opposite is true if the  home is vacant. Empty rooms look smaller so the buyer will wonder if their furniture will fit. They will also be underwhelmed when looking at the MLS photos. 

It is important that your Realtor also understand how important staging is. Sharlene Hensrud does. 

Here is a listing that she had,  most will consider this a small house:




The home has a great porch, it just doesn't create a wow factor when walking in. 


Porch rocking before



Porch table before


With Home Staging it does!


Porch rocking after




Porch table after WM



The living room and dining room are small. Furniture placement is tough. A buyer will have a tough time seeing it at it's full potential. 

But…furniture that is the right size, some fun colors, and a modern touch will make bring pizzazz to this listing! 


LR before




LR After




LR 2 before



LR 2 After


A kitchen what needs some updates can also create a problem.


Kitchen Before




Kitchen 2 Before



Add some black which always makes a space more modern. It creates drama as well as an eat-in kitchen which is so valuable.  

  Kitchen After


Kitchen 2 After

 Bedroom Before Home Staging:


Bedroom Before



Bedroom After Home Staging:


Bedroom After


Bathroom Before Home Staging:


Bathroom Before



Bathroom After Home Staging:


Bathroom After



This home was put on the market at that dreaded time which is one week before Christmas. But an offer came in on January 2nd! 

Home Staging is for ALL homes. Big, small, expensive, not so expensive, occupied or vacant. 


 Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.

CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer


About Shar Sitter

Shar is an award winning Designer and Home Stager and the owner of 'Rooms With Style' and the 'Certified Staging and Redesign Acadamy.' She has been in the design industry for over 25 years and her background includes studies in Interior Design as well as Horticulture to assist with your home’s curb appeal. Shar has a talent for taking simple things; placing them in their best light and making them shine. Another Sharlene from North Dakota, Shar and Sharlene knew they were destined to work together when they first met! She has been blogging here and helping bring out the best in the homes of Sharlene's sellers since 2011.

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